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Shooting on Marguerite Mine Road

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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UPDATE: 10:15 A.M. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17: Suspect arrested

Placer County sheriff's deputies arrested shooting suspect Dave De La Cruz at about 9 a.m. today, ending a search that started in Auburn Tuesday afternoon and ended on Christian Valley Road, north of the city.

The arrest followed numerous sightings of the suspect reported to law enforcement from the Christian Valley area.

UPDATE: 5:45 p.m. TUESDAY, OCT. 16: Argument escalates into shooting

An argument escalated into gunfire at an Auburn auto repair shop today, with one man taken to hospital suffering from a gunshot wound and his assailant on the run.

The shooting suspect was identified by Auburn Police as 41-year-old Joseph David "Dave" De La Cruz Jr., who is believed to be a Christian Valley-area resident..

Delacruz fired several shots inside Auburn Quick Lube Services Center, 875 Marguerite Mine Road in an incident that started with the suspect driving up to the business shortly before 2 p.m. to talk with a woman employee, Acting Auburn Police Chief Victor Pecoraro said.

The woman came out to talk with the suspect and then went back inside. Delacruz followed and got into an argument with males inside the Quick Lube building that quickly escalated when he pulled out a handgun and pointed it at several people, Pecoraro said.

A male at the business was shot in the torso and transported to a local hospital, where he was alive and being treated for the wound, Pecoraro said. It was not known if the victim is an employee or a customer, he said.

Delacruz fled from the shooting scene driving a faded green 1992 Chevrolet 1500 pickup and had not been located by late afternoon. Pecoraro said that he isn't considered a danger to the public.

Placer High School and E.V. Cain Middle School were locked down after it became known that the suspect has a daughter attending the high school, Pecoraro said.

"We wanted to ensure that if the suspect went to the school, no one would be in harm's way," he said.

The lockdown ended shortly after school would have normally ended.

While "multiple" shots were fired, it is believed that the victim, who isn't being identified, was struck by a lone bullet.

The Quick Lube is located just inside Auburn city limits and within sight of Highway 49. Auburn Police are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspect to call 530-823-4234.