SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KTVU) - Police made an arrest in a shooting at a Santa Rosa Park Wednesday and they believe it may have been gang-related.
Shots rang out around 7:35 p.m. at Jacobs Park near the intersection of Link Lane and W. 9th Street.
Four people including an 11-year-old boy were shot.
The boy along with two other men, ages 20 and 45, were innocent bystanders, authorities say.
A 21-year-old man who is believed to be the intended target sustained life-threatening injuries but is now in stable condition.
Hundreds of people were at the park for youth soccer practice and adult scrimmage games.
Players and fans were going to and from vehicles that were parked along West 9th Street.
A dark-colored SUV was driving back and forth along the street.
The 21-year-old and some friends were walking along the sidewalk when a passenger inside the SUV yelled gang challenges at the group, police say.
17yo alleged gunman & these 2 men Michael Beltran & Lukas Cortina, accused of helping him get away, arrested w/help by @MendoSheriff in shooting at Jacobs Park that wounded teen’s intended target & hurt 3 others, including 11yo boy, during soccer game, per @SantaRosaPolice pic.twitter.com/FMTcS75C0s— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) June 7, 2019
The SUV pulled over at the corner of West 9th Street and Link Lane.
The victim was walking toward the same corner when he was approached by a Hispanic male passenger who got out of the SUV with a handgun, authorities said.
As the victim tried to run away, the suspect fired at least 10 rounds in his direction.
The victim was shot once in the chest.
The suspect got back into the vehicle and fled the scene.
Twenty detectives were assigned to the case and later identified the suspect responsible for shooting the four victims.
Detectives followed a potential suspect vehicle northbound on Highway 101 and determined the suspect was likely in the vehicle.
The vehicle was stopped on Highway 128 near Boonville around 7:30 p.m.
The shooting suspect was taken into custody along with two others who allegedly helped him evade law enforcement.
One of the occupants refused orders and was actively destroying evidence while in the vehicle. He smashed a cellular phone into multiple pieces before surrendering.
The three suspects were transported back to Santa Rosa.
The suspect responsible for the shooting is a 17-year-old from Rohnert Park.
His name will not be released because he is a minor.
The two other suspects were identified as Michael Beltran, a 23-year-old Santa Rosa resident and Lukas Philip Cortina, a 19-year-old Santa Rosa resident.