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Saturday, 19 April 2008

Eric Burns,Kenneth Hawkins arrested Officers found a loaded handgun under a mattress inside Burns' house

Eric Burns, 26, was arrested at his house on the 1400 block of Riverside Drive on suspicion of shooting a gun in a dangerous manner, child endangerment, street gang participation and a parole violation, according to a Barstow Police Department report.Kenneth Hawkins, 54, was arrested at another house on the same block on suspicion of obstructing a police officer and on an outstanding warrant. Both were booked early Friday morning, according to the report.At about 12:23 a.m. Friday, police received a report that someone was breaking windows and shooting a gun on the 1400 block of Riverside Drive. Officers heard another shot fired as they arrived on scene. It was unclear whether the shot was fired at them, the report said.
Officers determined that a fight occurred between two houses on the block. After setting up a perimeter with assistance by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol, police surrounded Burns' house. They detained Burns in his back yard, along with another person who was later released. They arrested Hawkins from the neighboring house after he refused officers' orders to get on the ground, according to the report.Officers found a loaded handgun under a mattress inside Burns' house, with two infants sleeping on top of it.
A separate shooting happened on Joshua Street and Tara Street around 10:50 p.m. on Thursday night, the police report stated. A 16-year-old girl from Los Angeles County was arrested on an outstanding warrant after being seen in a vehicle believed to be involved in the shooting. Police are seeking two other men - juveniles or young adults - in connection with the shooting.Multiple people called to report the shots fired on Joshua Street and Tara Street. Witnesses told police that suspects had left the scene in a light brown Oldsmobile. Officers found a vehicle matching the description in the area and attempted to stop it, according to the report.
Police chased the car into the desert near the Robert A. Sessions Memorial Sportspark, where it was disabled after jumping a dirt embankment. Two young men fled on foot into a nearby county housing project. Police searched the area but were unable to find them.Police are not disclosing the victims or their relationship to the shooters.



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