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2 teens on bikes shot, wounded in Santa Ana

March 4, 2009 |  1:25 pm

In what police are calling an unusual coincidence, two teenagers on bikes were injured in shootings just hours apart Tuesday in Santa Ana.

In both attacks, which occurred less than four hours apart, a teenage boy got into an altercation, was shot, then fled on a bike for several blocks before being taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening wounds to the upper torso.

Police do not believe there was a connection between the two shootings, which took place on different sides of the city. "Two juveniles on a bicycle shot in one day is not common," Santa Ana Police Cmdr. Tammy Franks said. "It's coincidental."

In the first attack, just after 3 p.m., a 14-year-old boy was riding a bike when he got into a confrontation with at least two or three men at the intersection of Willits and Shelley streets. One of the men took out a handgun and fired, hitting the youth in the torso several times, police said.

After the boy was shot, he fled his attackers, and authorities found him and his bike in the 500 block of South Poplar Street, about 10 blocks from the scene of the shooting. He was taken to a hospital with injuries not considered to be life-threatening.

In the second attack, a 15-year-old boy who was hanging out near the 500 block of South Halladay Street was shot once in the upper torso about 7 p.m. in what appears to be a gang-related attack.

The victim told police another man took out a handgun and shot once. The teenager got on his bike and rode to his home on the 600 block of East Chestnut Avenue, where police found him. He was taken to a hospital and is expected to recover.

Police have no suspects in either shooting and have not released the victims' names because they are juveniles.

-- Tony Barboza