More arrests are expected following a shooting near Mark Twain Elementary School over the Easter Break.
Officers from the Corcoran Police Department responded to the area at about 10:05 p.m., after receiving multiple reports of shots fired to the area. The callers noted that several shots had been fired.
While investigating the incident, local officers learned that two groups of people were involved in the altercation. One group was walking westbound on Oregon Ave. near Cesar Chavez Park and the other was walking eastbound near the front of the school.
According to witness statements, words were exchanged by the two groups before several shots were fired. The police department obtained video footage of the shooting that revealed even more details.
The case was quickly determined to be gang related and the Kings County Gang Task Force was called in to assist in the investigation.
Witnesses described Tony Rocha, 18, as one of at least three individuals walking westbound on Oregon, while two other individuals were seen walking eastbound.
After exchanging some words, witnesses heard the subjects yelling any slurs at one another and then the gunshots. It appears no one was struct by the gunfire.
Officers did collect several shell casings in the area of Oregon and Yosemite avenues.
Officers also learned one of the rounds fired by the subjects struck a residents in the 1800 block of Wigdal Ave., penetrating the walls of the home and coming to rest in a hallway. The residence was occupied at the time, but no one was injured. According to the gang task force, two gunmen exchanged fire before fleeing the scene.
The following day, gang task force investigators located a 17-year-old juvenile who was involved in the shooting and placed him under arrest. He was booked at the Kings County Juvenile Center in Hanford.
Tuesday, April 22, Rocha walked in to the Corcoran Police Department headquarters, where he met with task force investigators. He was later taken into custody and booked into the Kings County Jail on two charges of attempted homicide with a gang enhancement, shooting at an occupied dwelling, conspiracy and committing a crime while out of jail on his own recognizance. Rocha’s bail was set at $2.75 million.
Kings County Gang Task Force investigators are still working on the case to identify other individuals involved with the shooting and more arrests are expected. Anyone with information regarding the shooting is urged to call the Corcoran Police Department at 992-5151 or Investigator Refugio Aguirre Jr at 852-2988.