OCEANSIDE — A 17-year-old gang member was shot and killed during a drive-by shooting on July 9 near Joe Balderrama Park and police are seeking the public’s help in finding the suspect.
The attack is believed to be gang-related, police said. The teenage victim was a documented gang member, according to the Oceanside Police Department.
Police responded to calls for shots heard in the area of Joe Balderram Park’s tennis courts, and the juvenile was found on the ground near the tennis courts at the 1400 block of Bush Street.
He was transported to Scripps Trauma Center at shortly after 2 a.m., and was pronounced dead at 7:29 a.m., according to police.
A witness reported to police that shots came from a white sedan that was headed eastbound at the 1400 block of Bush Street.
The last location that vehicle was seen was headed northbound on San Diego Street, said Lt. Leonard Mata of the Oceanside Police Department.
Whether or not the suspect was the only occupant in the vehicle was not yet determined at the time of the news release. The victim’s name had also not yet been released.
Investigators canvassed the area for evidence and witnesses, and have a tip line set up that anyone with any information can call at (760) 435-4910.