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TEENS MAY FACE SHOOTING CHARGES AS ADULTS

By Scott Graves

Triplicate staff writer

Three juveniles arrested for shooting at several Crescent City apartments may be tried as adults, the Del Norte County District Attorney said Friday.

The three teens, one 17 and two 16, are scheduled to be arraigned on Monday in Del Norte County Superior Court, said D.A. Bob Drossel.

A fourth suspect, Johnson Saivong, 18, is also scheduled to be arraigned with the others on Monday, Drossel said.

The four Asian teen-agers were arrested Thursday on suspicion of shooting into one occupied apartment in the 300 block of Eighth Street, and then coming back a short time later and shooting at the apartment next door.

Two families with young children living in the apartments were not injured in shooting.

Authorities said the shootings were spurred by a racial confrontation between the Asian teens and two white teens who were visiting one of the targeted apartment units.

Crescent City police officers, along with California Highway Patrol officers and several sheriffs deputies, responded to the first shooting at 11:43 p.m. on Wednesday.

The officers interviewed people in the neighborhood, but were unable to identify the shooters.

Authorities left the scene at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday. The group of Asian teens are accused of returning a half-hour later armed with the shotgun and a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol.

This time, police allege, they opened fire on the second apartment. One bullet went through the living room window and lodged in a rear wall.

With all the lead flying, I feel fortunate that nobody was hurt, said Crescent City Police Officer Roger Chindgren.

At the time of the second shooting, several residents reported followed the Asian teens to a house down the street.

Authorities arrived and arrested four suspects at the house based on the descriptions given by residents, Chindgren said.

Two guns, a sawed-off 12-gauge pump shotgun and the pistol, were found in the house, he said.

Chindgren said all four suspects were known to police, but none had serious criminal records.

The four teens involved in the shootings were booked into the county jail on charges of firing at an occupied home, criminal conspiracy, death threats and engaging in criminal gang activity.

On Friday, Leroy Davies, a defense attorney for one the juveniles, asked a local judge to issue a temporary restraining order prohibiting the Daily Triplicate, the city police department and the sheriffs department from releasing any information about his client and the shootings.

Davies said he was concerned that releasing such information to the public would hurt the juveniles chances of receiving a fair trial and may result in moving the trial to another county.

Del Norte County Superior Court Judge Frank Petersen agreed to issue the restraining order, but only against the city police and sheriffs department.

At the time of the second shooting, several residents reported followed the Asian teens to a house down the street.

Authorities arrived and arrested four suspects at the house based on the descriptions given by residents, Chindgren said.

Two guns, a sawed-off 12-gauge pump shotgun and the pistol, were found in the house, he said.

Chindgren said all four suspects were known to police, but none had serious criminal records.

The four teens involved in the shootings were booked into the county jail on charges of firing at an occupied home, criminal conspiracy, death threats and engaging in criminal gang activity.

On Friday, Leroy Davies, a defense attorney for one the juveniles, asked a local judge to issue a temporary restraining order prohibiting the Daily Triplicate, the city police department and the sheriffs department from releasing any information about his client and the shootings.

Davies said he was concerned that releasing such information to the public would hurt the juveniles chances of receiving a fair trial and may result in moving the trial to another county.

Del Norte County Superior Court Judge Frank Petersen agreed to issue the restraining order, but only against the city police and sheriffs department.

 


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