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Calexico police arrest three men in response to drive-by shooting

March 16, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Three men were in custody this morning on suspicion of attempted murder stemming from a drive-by shooting here Thursday.

No one was injured in the shooting.

Calexico police responded to a report of several shots fired at an occupied residence in the 1100 block of Milpitas Street shortly after 7 p.m., said Calexico police Sgt. Armando Marquez.

Using a description given by witnesses, officers found the large sedan thought to have been used in the shooting being driven in the area of the incident, Marquez said.

The driver failed to yield when officers attempted to stop the car, leading to a pursuit across town, Marquez said.

The sedan stopped after hitting a tree at the 700 block of Matallana Street on the west side of town, Marquez said. Officers detained the sedan's driver, Genaro Lemus Jr., 21, of Calexico, and two passengers, Juan German Lemus, 25, of Calexico and Ramon Castro, 20, of El Centro, Marquez said.

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A search of the path of the pursuit produced a semi-automatic assault-type rifle thought to be the weapon used in the shooting, Marquez said.

Officials suspect Juan German Lemus was the shooter, although all three suspects were being held in the county jail this morning without bail on suspicion of attempted murder.

When asked what possibly motivated the shooting, Marquez said the incident is still under investigation.

"As far as we know, it's not gang-related," Marquez said.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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