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5 Held After Shots Are Fired at Apartment

October 02, 1998

Five gang members were arrested on suspicion of shooting at a residence that they may have believed was the home of a rival, authorities said Thursday.

The alleged assailants included Manuel Huerto Celedon, 21, of Sylmar; Jesse Isidro Alvarado, 20, of Canyon Country; Jenette Ann Camarena, 18, of Canyon County, said Deputy Alan Young, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The names of two juveniles--ages 15 and 16--were not disclosed.

The shooting occurred Wednesday about 7:45 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 27300 block of Sumac Court, authorities said.

Witnesses told investigators they saw four males come out of a tan, four-door vehicle parked on Manzanita Lane and go into the apartment complex called Park Sierra, Young said.

A few minutes later, the witnesses heard gunshots and then saw the same people run back to the car and drive away.

A resident of the apartment unit that was fired upon told investigators that she was sitting at her dining room table with her fiance and his 4-year-old daughter, a neighbor and her two small children.

They heard gunfire and breaking glass. The woman went into a bedroom and saw several bullet holes in the window and in the wall across the room, Young said.

Deputies responding to the scene saw the vehicle still in the neighborhood and pulled over the alleged assailants, authorities said.

Deputies found a .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol inside the car matching the .25-caliber shell casing found at the apartment, Young said.

The assailants--who are due to be arraigned today at Newhall Municipal Court--are gang members but they had no apparent connection to the victims, Young said.

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