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14-year-old arrested in Santa Ana shooting; gang rivalry blamed

May 4, 2012 | 10:51 am

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in the shooting of a Santa Ana teenager last week over a gang rivalry, police said.

The teen was taken into custody without incident at Santa Ana High School, where he is enrolled in the ninth grade, and a search warrant was served at his residence in an effort to locate the firearm believed to have been used in the assault April 27, police said.

The 16-year-old victim was found lying face down in the alley of 200 S. Flower St., police said.

According to witnesses, authorities said, the victim had been walking when he was approached by the suspect, who was armed with a handgun.

The suspect fired a single shot, striking the victim in the stomach, and then fled on foot, police said.

The 16-year-old, who remains in critical condition, also attends Santa Ana High School, police said. The teens were allegedly associates of rival gangs.

Police said they booked the ninth-grader on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and gang enhancements. He is being held at Orange County Juvenile Hall.

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