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Two Killed in Drive-by Shooting

July 16, 1990

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) _ Shots fired from passing cars into a crowd at an oudoor taco wagon killed two men and wounded 12, authorities said.

The gunfire early Sunday sent people running, some of them scaling barbed wire fences, others hiding behind and under parked cars, witnesses said.

″I didn’t have time to get scared,″ said Jesus Sanchez, who was eating at the outdoor stand when he was hit in the abdomen.

″I felt something hot in my side. I reached down and I saw my hand covered in my blood. But I hid under a car until the firing stopped,″ Sanchez said through an interpreter.

Three men were arrested, and police were looking for other suspects in the shooting in this northern California city.

″There was some type of an altercation between some men over a young lady,″ said police Sgt. Edward Williams. ″Some of the fellows left and then subsequently returned with additional people, armed with what we believe at this time was a shotgun and a couple of rifles, and started firing on the people in the parking lot.″

The dead were identified as James Guiterez Perez, 19, and Leobardo Barajas, 18.

Police Sgt. Patrick O’Hern said today that one of the 12 injured people was hospitalized in critical condition. Four were in stable condition and three in serious condition; the others were treated and released.

Witneses said the assailants drove by in three cars and opened fire on the crowd, many of them customers of the taco wagon outside a liquor store.

″Everybody just started hiding and running,″ said Jeff Jones.

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