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Teen Shot
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A drug buy gone awry resulted in an area teen being shot in the upper body on Sunday afternoon, though authorities said the injuries were not life-threatening.

According to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department, deputies responded to the 24000 block of East Mariposa Road shortly before 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 to a report of a shooting. When they arrived, the deputies found that a 16-year-old boy had been hit by a stray bullet, sustaining an injury to the upper body.

Orlando Garcia, 32, told deputies that two subjects had come to his house for a 'drug buy,' that he was going to sell some of his medical marijuana to them. Garcia, his wife, his wife's grandmother and four children were at the home at the time.

Garcia told deputies that during the buy, the suspects pointed handguns at him and stole the marijuana, then sped off. Garcia fired his handgun at the vehicle as it fled, according to the police report, with the suspects returning fire. It was then that the stray bullet hit Garcia's 16-year-old stepson. Escalon ambulance and fire crews responded and the teen was taken to a Modesto area hospital.

"Medical staff determined that the wound was non life-threatening," said Sheriff's Department spokesman Deputy Les Garcia.

Garcia was arrested and booked into San Joaquin County Jail on four counts of child endangerment/abuse, possession of a dangerous weapon and multiple drug charges.

The other suspects sought in the case were described as being Hispanic males, both about 28 years old, one about five feet, eight inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds and bald, the second only described as having long black hair pulled into a ponytail. The vehicle was described as a light blue pick up with black rims and a toolbox in the back.