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Two Men Shot by Suspected Gang Members

Victims are gunned down in San Clemente early Saturday morning. Two suspected gang members were later arrested in San Juan Capistrano.

Two men were shot early Saturday morning in San Clemente, and two other men were arrested in San Juan Capistrano soon after. Police suspect the arrested men are gang members.

Police were called at 2:50 a.m. Saturday and responding deputies found two men shot, one with a head wound, the other shot in the ear on the 300 block of Avenida Santa Barbara, Lt. Roland Chacon said. Both men were taken to in Mission Viejo and were "conscious and alert," he said.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: There are alternate reports that the shooting acutally happened on Avenida Victoria; the actual location is unclear. Watch Patch for further reports as information becomes available.)

After witnesses told police what vehicle the gunmen were driving, police spotted the vehicle in San Juan Capistrano near Camino Capistrano and El Camino, Chacon said.

Police chased the two men into the neighborhood near La Zanja St. The two men fled police on foot, Chacon said. Police set up a perimeter and arrested two men around 5 a.m. Saturday.

One of the arrested people involved in the incident was Phillip Raymond Whitman, 24, a carpet cleaner. Whitman is being held on $100,000 bail.

Police would not say if the incident was a retalliation for .

It was unclear whether either or both men arrested in San Juan Capistrano were minors.

Police did not say what weapon was used in this attack. They did not give a description of the suspects' vehicle. They would not say what gang the suspects were involved in, but a San Juan Capistrano and a San Clemente gang have been feuding since at least the 1970s.

jeff s January 17, 2012 at 09:01 AM
Stop blaming The sherrids deps.. It's the damn gang ghetto screwups doing this. Cops need to care more and try harder yes, but the root cause is Mexican gangs. Perhaps the good citizens of SC need to police this town themselves...
Adam Townsend January 17, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Thanks iwitness. I received an email this weekend from a witness who said that the initial 911 caller was upset and gave the wrong address; that the shooting was, in fact, on Ave. Victoria. I'm set to talk to OCSD spokesman Jim Amormino this morning to clear this up. I'll post a link to the new article in the comments on this one.
shelly January 17, 2012 at 07:32 PM
It was from a retired sheriff of OC that does volunteer work with me for the cancer society for the last 3 years, so pretty trusted source, and it was in the newspaper. Also, not blaming anyone, just stating that the facts have not yet came in...and in the report, they used the word "suspect" they were gang members. So just saying don't judge until we know more.
barbara January 21, 2012 at 07:43 AM
Everyone here needs to proofread their comments. Insights expressed in slaughtered English just enhance San Clemente's growing reputation as a dirtbag- ridden, has been town. We are the new Oceanside. So ironic how the money moves inland and the coast is left to rot. Congested apartments eaten away by the recession and landlords who can't, or won't keep up properties - it's an old and predictable story. Too many people in too small a space. We were better off with SCPD - police who were part of the community, had a vested interest, knew the population, and really cared about the city. Alas, money talks. OCSD and OCFA. Pensions, not protection.
Really??? February 07, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Hey Shelly you have very bad info. No one from San Clemente Police Services was suspended for abusing their rights as a police officer. I'd like the name of the paper and the date it was reported, which you won't be able to produce because it didn't happen. Or the name of the volunteer that would make up such nonsense.

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