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Woman who shot at couple, infant in vehicle near school is arrested by Lathrop Police
This Glock 17 semiautomatic handgun was reportedly ditched and later recovered by Lathrop Police with the assistance of a Manteca Police Department gun-detection canine.

A couple and their infant child were miraculously unharmed after a 38-year-old woman fired multiple rounds from a semiautomatic handgun towards the vehicle they were driving down the street from Mossdale Elementary School on Tuesday.

Lathrop Police arrived in the area of Brookhurst Boulevard and Golden Parkway shortly after 4:50 p.m. on Tuesday after reports of shots being fired in the area. Officers observed a woman running away from the scene and saw a black SUV fleeing the area on the wrong side of the road – stopping both parties for questioning.

Officers determined that the woman, identified as 38-year-old Julia Arista, had fired multiple rounds at the vehicle being driven by a male victim that also contained his partner and their infant child.

While the firearm had been discarded before officers arrived, a Manteca Police Department gun-detection canine was called in to help locate what ended up being a Glock 17 semiautomatic handgun. During their investigation officers discovered that Arista was also reportedly involved in a shooting in Stockton, and the Stockton Police Department was advised of the investigation before she was booked into custody.

“Our officers are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our community, and fortunately, no one was injured during this incident,” the Lathrop Police said in a statement announcing the shooting. “We want to thank the Manteca Police Department for their assistance and use of their gun-detection canine.”

To contact Bulletin reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.