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Bullet From Backyard Pierces Family's Van

July 30, 1998|ERIKA CHAVEZ

A family traveling in a minivan on the Garden Grove Freeway on Wednesday narrowly escaped injury when their vehicle was struck by a bullet apparently fired by two men using a handgun in the backyard of a home nearby, police said.

The bullet shattered the left rear window of the minivan, just missing a 6-year-old boy sitting in the back seat, Garden Grove police said. The bullet then went through a headrest and exited through the right rear window, police said.

A 42-year-old man, his 39-year-old wife and their three children, ages 1, 6 and 7, were in the vehicle traveling eastbound on the freeway just before 2 p.m. when the incident happened, police said.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 13200 block of Dunklee Avenue, where they arrested two suspects. Jesus Orozco, 20, and a 17-year-old male, both Orange County residents, were taken into custody and held on suspicion of felony shooting into a vehicle, police said.

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