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Man Arrested After Party Says He Was Shot

September 23, 1998|TINA DIRMANN

A man arrested in Oxnard after a loud party at a local motel told authorities he had been shot a day earlier, Oxnard police said Tuesday.

Officers were called to the Vagabond Inn on Oxnard Boulevard about 5 a.m. Tuesday to quell a loud party in one of the rooms, said George Madrigal, the hotel's assistant manager.

"There were about 10 to 15 kids in that room," Madrigal said. "The clerk went down and told them to be quiet, but they wouldn't listen, so she called police."

Officers found several of the party-goers walking near the intersection of Robert Avenue and Oxnard Boulevard. When police stopped to question them, one man ran from officers, who chased him across Oxnard Boulevard, tackled him and doused him with pepper spray when he continued to fight.

Authorities apprehended Marcos Quiroz, 21, of Oxnard and took him to the Oxnard Police Station. While at the station, Quiroz said he had been shot about 9 p.m. Monday during a drive-by shooting near 1st Street and Rose Avenue, police said. Quiroz did not call police or seek medical attention after the incident, police said.

Officers took Quiroz to St. John's Hospital, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to his side. He was then arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest.

Police have begun an investigation into the drive-by shooting, which they are calling gang-related.

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