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Teen shot in Santa Rosa gang confrontation; suspect held

A 17-year-old Santa Rosa boy shot multiple times during a gang confrontation remained hospitalized Wednesday but was expected to survive, according to Santa Rosa police.

The suspect, Edgard Rodriguez Alonzo, 25, was taken into custody at about 3 a.m. Wednesday after the city SWAT team surrounded the Santa Rosa man's apartment, said gang Sgt. Eric Goldschlag.

The teen was shot about 11 hours earlier in the city's South Park neighborhood. Alonzo approached the boy and his friends in the 900 block of Milton Street about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

“A witness says our suspect walked into the area, confronted some gang members. There was yelling back and forth at each other and our suspect pulled out a gun,” said Goldschlag.

Several shots were fired from a semi-automatic handgun and the teen was struck repeatedly.

Goldschlag declined to say how many shots were fired or how many times the teen was hit, saying he didn't want to release many details fearing it would adversely affect the case.

Goldschlag called the confrontation a random meeting rather than possible retaliation for any specific issue. The victim is known to associate with norteño gang members and the suspect is a sureño gang member.

“They ran into each other and it went downhill from there,” he said.

Officers responding to the shooting found shell casings but no sign of a victim, his friends, or a suspect.

At about 6 p.m. Tuesday, friends dropped off the badly wounded teen at a local emergency room and left without talking to anyone, Goldschlag said. A hospital official called police.

The teen underwent surgery Tuesday night. Goldschlag declined to identify the victim, saying only he was a local high school student. He declined to identify the school.

Tuesday night, with help from witnesses and detective work, Alonzo surfaced as a suspect. Witnesses identified him as the shooter, said Goldschlag.

“Several neighbors witnessed it. They've been very cooperative with police. They care about their neighborhood,” Goldschlag said.

A police SWAT team, joined by gang and violent crimes detectives, surrounded the suspect's apartment, which was just a few blocks from the shooting location.

“We used the SWAT team because the suspect has a violent criminal history, there was a gun outstanding and he's a gang member,” said Goldschlag.

Alonzo came out of the apartment and was taken into custody without incident. He is being on $1 million bail for the attempted homicide and gang enhancements.

The gun hasn't been recovered.

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