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Second suspect ID’d in Nampa shooting that injured child

Mario Garza
Mario Garza

Nampa police and Canyon County prosecutors are asking for the public's help in finding Mario Garza, suspected of firing shots in a gang-related incident that injured a 10-year-old girl waiting in a north Nampa parking lot to view a fireworks display.

Garza, 19, of Nampa is wanted on felony charges of rioting and aggravated assault with a gang enhancement. Ezri Garza, 21, faces the same charges: He was arrested late Wednesday, shortly after the shooting, and remained in the Canyon County Friday night.

Nampa police said earlier that two men were fighting and both reportedly fired guns. The child was hit in the shoulder by a stray bullet. She was taken to the hospital but was expected to be OK, police said.

Anyone with information on Garza’s whereabouts is asked to contact Nampa police at 465-2257. Police also want to talk to any witnesses who haven't already been interviewed by police.

The shooting happened around 10 p.m. Wednesday in the 5800 block of East Franklin Road near the God and Country Festival, just before the festival's popular fireworks show.

One suspect, described as a Hispanic man around 5 feet, 8 inches tall, drove away in a dark vehicle before police arrived. Investigators now believe that man was Garza.

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