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Suspect sought in Newhall shooting

• Sheriff's officials believe incident was gang-related

Posted: May 30, 2008 1:44 a.m.
Updated: July 31, 2008 5:01 a.m.

Detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station's COBRA Team are searching for a suspect who allegedly shot a Newhall man Wednesday night, officials said Thursday.

The shooting, which occurred in the 24000 block of Race Street in Newhall, is believed to be gang-related. As of Thursday afternoon, no arrests had been made, and Sheriff's officials had released no information about any suspects.

The victim, a 28-year-old man whose name was not released, suffered two gunshot wounds - one to the hand and one to the leg. The injuries reportedly were not life-threatening.

Deputies responded to the location after there were reports of gunshots shortly after 9 p.m., and began searching the area for their suspect.

During the search, deputies from the Sheriff's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) North County Crime Impact Team made an unrelated arrest of a 21-year-old man and Newhall resident for possession of methamphetamine and possession of a dangerous weapon. The weapon recovered was a dagger.

The Sheriff's Station's Career Offenders Burglary Robbery Apprehension Team focuses primarily on juvenile crime and gang activity.


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