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Man Arrested for Drive-by Shooting

Posted: February 15, 2008 6:37 p.m.
Updated: April 17, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Three law enforcement operations between deputies of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department were carried out in the Santa Clarita Valley on Thursday, resulting in the arrest of a suspect in the shooting of a Canyon Country man. Two other operations involved a crackdown on illegal street vending and railroad crossing safety.

Daniel Gonzalez, 20, of Alpine, was booked at the Sheriff's Station on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon and is being held on $53,500 bail. Gonzalez is a suspect for the Jan. 8 shooting of a Canyon Country man near Whites Canyon Road and Lone Rock Street. Deputies also recovered the vehicle used in the shooting.

A second suspect, 19-year-old Pablo Blanco, is still outstanding. His last known address was on Delight Street in Canyon Country.

The incident occurred on Jan. 8, when three male suspects in a dark-colored Ford Mustang reportedly approached a group of three male Hispanic men standing on Lone Rock Street and exchanged words with them. When one of the men in the street walked toward the car, a passenger in the vehicle allegedly fired at least one shot from a small-caliber handgun. The 19-year-old victim was struck in the upper torso. The shooting occurred in front of a house near the intersection of Lone Rock Street and Deep Tree Road in Canyon Country.

Detectives are still investigating and have not yet determined if these suspects have any connection to any of the other recent shooting incidents.

A total of 13 locations were searched from the Santa Clarita Valley to northern San Diego County before Gonzalez was arrested.

Local deputies spearheaded the massive operation with the COBRA Unit and Community Interaction Team.


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