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Countywide : 3 Teens Held on Gun Charges After Chase

Police officers witnessed a car-to-car shooting early Thursday and chased the suspects through four cities before the teen-agers stopped their sedan behind a police station and surrendered, authorities said.

No one was injured, but four people in the car that was shot at, a Mitsubishi, suffered minor cuts from flying shards of glass shattered by bullets, Police Lt. Rick Main said.

Police arrested the two occupants of the other car, a Toyota Corolla, on felony charges.

The incident began about 2 a.m. when officers saw someone open fire from the Toyota to the Mitsubishi at McFadden Avenue and Brookhurst Street in Westminster, police said.

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Police pursued the Toyota for seven miles through Santa Ana, Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach, Main said. The driver was traveling erratically at speeds up to about 90 m.p.h. with the headlights off, Main said.

At Springdale Street and Edinger Avenue in Huntington Beach, one of three teen-agers got out of the car and fled, investigators said. Police arrested a 17-year-old from Huntington Beach and recovered a stolen handgun nearby, Main said. The youth was being held at Juvenile Hall on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder and possession of a stolen weapon.

Police continued to chase the Toyota, and the pursuit circled back to Westminster, where two other suspects were arrested behind the police station at Monroe Street and Westminster Avenue, Main said.

Truc Ngoc Tran, 18, of Santa Ana, was being held on suspicion of evading arrest and allowing a passenger to discharge a gun, police said. Anthony Paul Johnson Jr., 19, of Westminster, was booked on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

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Tran was being held at Huntington Beach City Jail and Johnson was at Orange County Jail. Both are being held on $250,000 bail.


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