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2 arrested in Ventura gang shootout

March 15, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A parolee from the California Youth Authority and a juvenile have been arrested on charges of gang street terrorism after they were allegedly involved in an incident during which shots were fired Friday night in a Ventura neighborhood.The incident began when Ventura Police Department officers received a call about vandalism to a vehicle, followed by several calls about shots being fired in the 1200 block of Olive Street.

Officers say when they arrived they saw several suspects fleeing in the direction of Vince Street. The suspects reportedly hid behind a vehicle until they were eventually caught by police.

Police say one of the suspects, Jose Reynoso, 22, of Ventura, was uncooperative and had to be physically restrained. Two other suspects, including a juvenile, were detained during an investigation of the scene. During that investigation, officers say they found a loaded, semi-automatic handgun on the tire of the vehicle the suspects had tried to hide behind.

Ventura police say Reynoso was on CYA parole for weapons charges before the incident. In addition to the felony terrorism allegation, he was charged with resisting arrest and disturbing the peace. He remains in custody at Ventura County Jail.

Police also booked a 17-year-old Ventura juvenile on charges of reckless discharge of a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm by a gang member and brandishing a firearm in a threatening manner.