CHICO — A 16-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly shooting five people early Saturday morning at a party on the 1500 block of West Fifth Street, the Chico Police Department announced early Saturday night.
According to police, detectives and patrol officers viewed video captured at the time of the incident and several officers recognized the suspect as a 16-year-old juvenile from prior contacts.
Detectives then began searching for the teen and while that was occurring, people familiar with the suspect were convincing him to surrender at at the Chico Police Department. Police say that occurred at 4:31 p.m. and he was taken into custody without incident.
“This was an example of a senseless crime that resulted in the serious injury of innocent partygoers,” Sgt. Nick Bauer said in a press release.
Police also say that due to the age of the suspect, no further information can be released about his identity. Police also haven’t said how the teen got the gun.
The juvenile was transported to Butte County Juvenile Hall.
Detectives said earlier that three of the five shooting victims have been treated and released from an area hospital, while two others are continuing to undergo treatment.
Detectives noted that contrary to rumors that were circulating on social media, all five victims were alive.
Police say that officers were in the area of Cedar and Fifth streets on patrol when they heard gunshots at about 1:45 a.m. While police were conducting an area check, the dispatch center began to receive multiple 911 calls saying multiple subjects had been shot at a party.
When police arrived, officers began lifesaving measures on the victims and five people were transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital.
Chico police are continuing their investigation and have asked anyone with information to contact their department at 895-4911.
The case number in the shooting is 22–005491.