Drive-by shooting not gang related

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By Newton Now staff

At 4:43 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, Newton Police Department officers learned of a drive-by shooting near Hoover and Northwest 24th Street, which is in Harvey County.

One adult and four juveniles were taken into custody and interviewed by the Harvey County Sheriff’s Office, according to information posted by the NPD on Facebook. The adult arrested was Marcelo Gomez, 18, of Newton.

Newton officers found the suspect vehicle within minutes and attempted a traffic stop. After that, there was a short chase, which ended at Lazy Creek Drive and Split Oak Drive. The vehicle’s occupants then fled on foot and all were taken into custody shortly after. One handgun was found.

The incident was not gang-related, Harvey County Sheriff Chad Gay said.

“We don’t even think it was targeted,” he said, adding the youth were in the country and discharged the firearm in the direction of people and a house.

“They didn’t know each other at all,” Gay said, adding the majority of those brought in were local.

“We will keep our community notified as further information develops,” the Facebook statement stated.

The Harvey County Sheriff’s Office is working the case, and the Newton Police Department assisted in the apprehension.