Crime

Nampa Police nab second suspect in shooting that injured girl

Mario Garza was arrested Monday by Nampa police for firing shots in a gang-related incident that injured a 10-year-old girl waiting in a north Nampa parking lot Wednesday to view a fireworks display.

Garza walked out of Gateway Apartments on N. Gateway St. in Nampa after officers obtained a warrant and sent in the Nampa Police Tactical Response Team and the Crisis Negotiation Team. Garza was wanted for charges of aggravated assault with a gang enhancement and rioting.

“We are very pleased with the outcome of this incident since we were able to successfully arrest Garza without anyone being injured” said Lt. Eric Skoglund.

The Tactical Response Team and the Crisis Negotiation Team are valuable assets in situations like this, where we have a person wanted for violent crimes who we believe may be armed and dangerous and is not cooperating with initial attempts to apprehend him,”

Nampa Police Lt. Eric Skoglund

Ezri Garza, 21, faces the same charges: He was arrested late Wednesday, shortly after the shooting. Nampa police also arrested today Eric J Hernandez, 24, a Nampa

resident, and a 16 year old male Nampa resident. Hernandez was arrested for a felony

charge of harboring a fugitive, and the 16 year old was arrested for a felony charge of accessory to rioting, misdemeanor battery with a gang enhancement, and runaway.

The battery and rioting arrests are related to the same shooting incident at Wal-Mart Wednesday when Nampa police said earlier the Garza's 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 recover.

Rocky Barker: 208-377-6484, @RockyBarker

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