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Gang members brandish gun while driving
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Officers search Leonardo Nunez, 27, one of four men in a white 1989 Honda Accord who were allegedly brandishing a hand gun at citizens from the right front window of the car Monday afternoon. - photo by GLENN KAHL
Four suspected gang members were stopped by Manteca Police Monday afternoon after two citizens called saying someone was driving throughout the community pointing a small hand gun out the window of a late’80s Honda sedan.

Detective Steve Harris located the vehicle while driving his unmarked car and called street patrol units to make the high-risk traffic stop on Todd Street, just east of Grand Prix Avenue.  The four occupants – two 17-year-olds a 19-year-old, and a man 27 – were taken out of their car at gunpoint and handcuffed on the street.

Filipe Juarez, 19, was charged with possession of a small .025 caliber hand gun in a moving vehicle that was found by police under the right front passenger of the car where he had been sitting.  The driver of the car was a 17-year-old youth, police said.

Leonardo Nunez, 27, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of the 17-year-old minors in the vehicle, officers added.  All four were transported to the Manteca Police Department where they were photographed and booked.

In another drive-by shooting last week a young driver was targeted in his Chevrolet Monte Carlo as he drove southbound near the intersection of South Powers Avenue and Hutchings Street when another motorist fired five shots at his car – hitting it three times.  Witnesses said the suspect was driving an older black Chevrolet pickup truck.

The shooter’s vehicle was also southbound on Powers Avenue and fired when the victim was stopped at a boulevard stop – passing on the right.  Officers said the victim was uncooperative and unwilling to talk to police.

The youth’s father reportedly called police when he learned of the shooting when his son returned home.  The young driver went into his home after the incident and wouldn’t come out to talk with officers, police said.

Described as a ‘60s vintage pickup with no tailgate and no rear lights, the vehicle was last seen fleeing toward Moffat Boulevard with at least two subjects in its cab.