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Police: 3 in custody in connection with shooting of 3 on Boise Bench; 1 victim died

Police surround house; three in custody in fatal shooting

Police closed off Meridian Road while they surrounded a house to question people about a Boise shooting and fatality.
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Police closed off Meridian Road while they surrounded a house to question people about a Boise shooting and fatality.

Three suspects are in custody with charges pending in the shooting late Sunday of three adults on the Boise Bench, including a 19-year-old woman who died, Boise police said in a press release Monday night.

The names of the suspects — two females and a male — will be released after they are charged, police said. Following up on leads, police located the suspects at a house in Meridian.

One of the three people shot around midnight on the Boise Bench was identified by the Ada County coroner as 19-year-old Briana Martinez. She died of a single gunshot wound at 12:25 a.m. at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.

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Two other adults, a man and woman, were taken to the hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds. Their exact condition was not released, but police said they are stable.

The Boise Bench shooting was reported at 11:58 p.m. Sunday. It occurred at a residence near Palouse Street and South Owyhee Street.

When police arrived, they found victims outside. Multiple suspects fled before police arrived.

Following up on leads, investigators determined that a vehicle that was seen at the Boise shooting was located at a house in the 3900 block of North Lezana Street in Meridian, Meridian Deputy Police Chief Tracy Basterrechea told the Statesman.

Police obtained a search warrant. They surrounded the house and ordered the occupants to come out; five people exited, Basterrechea said.

Ada Metro SWAT then searched the house to be sure no one else was inside. They were concerned someone was in the attic, so they shot tear gas inside. Then they sent a police dog. No one was found, Basterrechea said. Meridian Road was shut down between Ustick and McMillan roads for several hours during the search.

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Meridian police and the SWAT team turned the house over to Boise detectives for evidence collection.

Boise police are still investigating the motive for the shooting, but said it occurred after a dispute between people who knew each other.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is encouraged to call police at 208-377-6790. Callers may make an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 208-343-COPS (2677), visiting www.343COPS.com, or leaving a tip using the “P3 Tips” app for mobile devices.

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