Morgan Hill Family Mourns Loss of Daughter

Five people under arrest

Sunday, Nov 6, 2011  |  Updated 11:41 AM PDT
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Teenage Girl Shot and Killed in Morgan Hill

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Teenage Girl Shot and Killed in Morgan Hill

14 year old girl was shot and killed and three others injured as the result of a drive by shooting. It may have been a case of mistaken identity.
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A 14-year-old girl was killed Friday night and three other  juveniles injured,  Morgan Hill police said.

The group of teens was standing in a grassy area near an apartment  complex when the shooting occurred around 9:30 p.m., said Captain Jerry  Neumayer.

Police responding to the scene found four juveniles, including a  14-year-old Morgan Hill girl who was declared dead at the scene. A  14-year-old San Jose girl and a 15-year-old Morgan Hill boy suffered gunshot  wounds to the leg and a 14-year-old San Jose girl received a gunshot wound to  her stomach, Neumayer said.

  The two girls were taken to Valley Medical Center, and the boy was  taken to San Jose Regional Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Police spotted a suspect vehicle fleeing the scene and followed it  to an address on Barnell Avenue. The suspects were persuaded to surrender and  five people were taken into custody without further incident.

   Those arrested include Esmeling Bahena, 18, from Morgan Hill,  Ricardo Diaz, 19, of Morgan Hill, Fernando Mateo, 20, from Gilroy, Primitivo  Hernandez, 23 and a 17-year-old Morgan Hill boy.

Police are treating the shooting as gang related, but Neumayer  said they did not believe the victims were gang members.

  "We believe the shooters are gang members," Neumayer said. "We  don't believe the victims are affiliated with any gangs, they just happened  to be in the wrong location at the wrong time."

The last homicide in Morgan Hill took place Oct. 2, 2009, when  Juan Jose Arrellano, Jr., a 24-year-old Hollister resident, was killed in a  gang-related shooting. 

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