Costa Mesa police recover handgun from home of juvenile suspected in shooting

Police responded Tuesday afternoon to reports of gunshots on the 2200 block of Pacific Avenue.
Police responded Wednesday to reports of gunshots on the 2200 block of Pacific Avenue and were led to the home of a juvenile who was found in possession of a handgun and arrested.
(Daily Pilot Staff)

Costa Mesa police on Wednesday arrested a juvenile who allegedly fired several rounds from a handgun at least one vehicle and one residence on the 2200 block of Pacific Avenue in a shooting police believe was not a random incident.

Officers received calls from multiple people who heard gunshots in the area shortly after 4 p.m. Upon arrival, a witness provided a description of a suspect who was driving a vehicle to police, according to a release issued Thursday by the department.

Police located several shell casings in the street and found a vehicle nearby with bullet holes in it. Another bullet was found lodged into the wall of a residence on the block, the release stated.

Based on the witness information about the vehicle and the individual — whom authorities described as a male minor but would not provide further details Thursday, including age or city of residence — officers identified the suspect as a “familiar” individual and responded to his residence.

The suspect and the vehicle described by witnesses were on site, and police officers recovered a handgun from the residence, the release indicates. The youth was arrested and booked at Orange County Juvenile Hall.

CMPD spokeswoman Roxi Fyad on Thursday would not provide details on how the suspect was known to police, due to his being a minor, although the release stated the initial investigation suggests Wednesday’s shooting was not done at random. Fyad did confirm the incident is not being categorized as a drive-by shooting.

Anyone who may have additional information is asked to contact Investigator Tyrs Ranck at (714) 754-5363 or or Sgt. Matt Selinske at (714) 754-5093 or

Support our coverage by becoming a digital subscriber.