Man arrested for attempted murder

MANTECA — As many as five gunshots were heard in the area of East Alameda and North Grant streets at about 7:55 p.m. Tuesday night.

Shortly after Manteca Police officers arrived on scene, they were notified that a gunshot victim had been admitted to the emergency room at Doctor’s Hospital Manteca, police said. Due to the extent of his injuries, the victim was transported to San Joaquin General Hospital, where he underwent surgery.

The victim was listed in stable condition following the surgery, and detectives were able to identify the shooter as 37-year-old Andy Lucas of Manteca.

Officers located Lucas at his Manteca home Wednesday afternoon, where he was arrested without incident. During a search of the home, detectives found a black semi-automatic .40 caliber handgun believed to be the firearm used in the shooting, police said.

Lucas was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a firearm with intent to commit a felony, criminal storage of a firearm and being a felon in possession of ammunition.

Lucas was booked into San Joaquin County Jail on Wednesday night and will be arraigned in San Joaquin County Superior Court’s Manteca branch at 1:25 p.m. Dec. 7.

Vehicles struck during pursuit

STOCKTON — A man is in custody after leading officers on a short pursuit and striking several vehicles in the process Tuesday.

Police said officers attempted to pull a driver over for a traffic violation in the area of El Dorado Street and Normandy Court at 6:57 p.m. The driver failed to yield, pulling into a nearby court.

As officers exited their vehicles, the driver made a U-turn, striking a patrol car in the process. The driver tried to flee, striking two parked cars, before stopping a short distance later, police said.

Officers attempted to detain the driver, but he resisted and was taken to the ground.

Blong Thao, 31, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, evading, resisting arrest, driving under the influence and hit and run.

Stockton man eyed for auto theft

MANTECA — Manteca Police officers recovered a stolen automobile Tuesday after responding to a suspicious persons report.

Officers were called to the 2500 block of Shadow Berry Drive at 1 p.m. and detained two people matching the description of subjects provided by a caller, police said.

Stockton resident James Peak, 36, eventually was arrested on suspicion of providing false information to an officer.

Officers searched Peak and found a key and a lanyard in his possession. Additional officers arrived on scene and located an automobile less than a block away from where Peak and his companion were detained, police said.

The key found on Peak was a match for the vehicle, which officers determined to be stolen.

Peak also was arrested on suspicion of auto theft and booked into San Joaquin County Jail.