Article Launched: 8/13/2006 12:00 AM
Two boys suspected of shooting into car
Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
San Bernardino County Sun
RIALTO - Two boys who allegedly shot at motorists stopped at a makeshift barricade on Cactus Avenue were arrested early Saturday by police.
Two motorists suffered gunshot wounds after stopping at the barricade, which consisted of orange cones, nylon rope, pylons and construction signs, at the Interstate 210 extension overpass on Cactus Avenue just after 1:30 a.m. Friday, Rialto police said.
A team of officers and detectives set up surveillance in the area the next morning and witnessed the two boys, 16 and 17 years old, setting up a second road block.
After a brief foot chase, police found and arrested the two boys at a home in the 19300 block of Tahoe Street, said Rialto police Sgt. Randy De Anda.
A weapon and other evidence were also found at the home. Both boys were booked into Juvenile Hall on suspicion of attempted murder.
"It definitely concerned us in the community," De Anda said by telephone Saturday afternoon. "We still, as of right now, do not know what the actual motive was."
Police received 15 calls from other motorists who were stopped by the barricade early Friday, De Anda said.
The shooting victims, a 52-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man, were headed south on Cactus Avenue when they reached the barricade, according to police.
When the vehicle stopped, the suspects approached from behind. One of the teenagers threw rocks while the other one fired a handgun at the vehicle.
The victims fled southbound and immediately called authorities. The man suffered three gunshot wounds to his right arm, while the woman was wounded in the neck by a bullet fragment.
The victims were treated at hospitals and released. The case will be filed Monday with the District Attorney's Office for review, police said.