SANTA ROSA (BCN) — A teen is recovering in the hospital after being shot in the chest Tuesday evening in Santa Rosa, according to police.
Police said officers responded to Pioneer Park located at 2062 Peterson Lane at 5:38 p.m. on numerous reports of several gunshots being fired.
Officers arrived and found multiple people fleeing the area.
An investigation revealed a group of people were having a bar-b-que when a vehicle arrived, and a confrontation between the occupants and the park goers ensued.
Police said shortly after the confrontation, shots were fired into the crowded park from the area of the vehicle and a 16-year-old Santa Rosa resident was shot in the chest.
According to police, the teen was taken to a hospital where he underwent emergency surgery and was last reported in serious condition.
Detectives from the Gang Crimes team were called to take over, and an investigation is ongoing to determine the identity of those responsible for the shooting.
Police said detectives believe the shooting was a targeted, gang-related incident and not a random act of violence.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who has further information is encouraged to contact the Gang Crimes Team at (707) 543-3670.
A reward of $2,500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects involved in this shooting.