CERES -- Moffet Road in Ceres was packed with patrol cars on Thursday morning after a 12-year-old boy was grazed by a bullet in the head.
“...And then saw the young man on the stretcher, and the only thing I heard was he was shot in the head, but it just grazed him,” said neighbor Kimberly Erwin, who heard the gunshots.
Sgt. Jose Berber said Ceres police officers were first called to the Sierra View Apartments after reports of a large fight. The brawl took place between black and white men -- several were detained.
“We don’t know if this was racially motivated, or if it was something else had caused the fight,” Berber said.
Erwin said she heard at least three gunshots around 8 a.m. She thought immediately of her grandson who attends nearby Carol Fowler Elementary School when she heard the commotion.
“My main concern was the school… my grandkids and neighbors of mine that, you know, their kids go to school with my grandkids,” Erwin said.
She ran over to investigate and saw the aftermath of the fight, which she described as screaming, yelling and chaos.
FOX40 tried to speak to the people who know the boy, but a woman shut the door when we tried to ask questions.
As for the boy, investigators said he was awake and talking while he was being taken away in an ambulance, but the gunman got away in a vehicle driven by a woman.
Neighbors said the suspect’s accomplice is his girlfriend.
Nearby schools were locked dock briefly during the investigation.
If you have any information about this case you’re asked to call the Ceres Police Department and ask for Detective Bryan Ferreira at (209) 538-5712.