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Theater gang fight leaves 3 wounded

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Theater gang fight leaves 3 wounded

Detective Sergeant Tony Souza and community service officer Lisa Lewis examine blood spatters on the front doors of the Marketplace Theater Thursday night following a gang fight.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin


POSTED March 6, 2010 3:20 a.m.
One teen was shot and two others received knife wounds Friday night inside and outside of the Marketplace Theater on West Yosemite Avenue in what police described as a gang fight involving teens dressed in red and blue.

Patrons inside the movie house reported hearing gunfire about 7:15 p.m. as two groups exchanged blows, two knifings and at least one gunshot, witnesses reported.

One bystander who was standing on the curb outside the front door said there were at least 20 teens gathered outside and in the lobby. As those in the lobby began to fight the group that was outside moved in to join in the ruckus, he said.

When a woman yelled she was calling the police the teens ran outside the door and ran eastward into the parking lot.  Someone in a silver vehicle parked at the curb reportedly fired at least one shot and sped away.

Officers located one victim who had run across Yosemite Avenue to McDonalds and then down Grand Prix Avenue where he was located on the ground where he fell in the 400 block.

Another knifing victim was found near apartments in the 1200 block of West Center Street where he had reportedly run to get away from a further threat.  A third victim made it to the emergency room at Doctors Hospital on the east side of the city.

Officers taped off two of the front doors to the theater while they gathered evidence.  Blood was located on the glass doors and on a wall inside the lobby of the theater.

Yellow crime scene tape was stretched across the street on Grand Prix and on Todd streets while officers conducted their investigations.  Members of the SWAT team that had been involved in training – mostly made up of detectives – were called in to conduct the investigations.

The three victims were said to be in stable condition later Friday night.  Two were treated at Doctors Hospital and the third at San Joaquin County General Hospital.  Officers said the victims were not cooperating with the investigation in providing any information toward identifying the suspects.
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