Milpitas police have arrested two suspects and are searching for a third in connection with a March 9 shooting that placed a local school on lockdown.
According to authorities, officers responded to a 911 call at about 12:40 p.m. last Friday. The caller reported a shooting had occurred on South Main Street. A witness told responding officers that the shooter was dressed all in black and was last seen running westbound on Cedar Way from South Main Street. The officers located and detained a 17-year-old boy and 18-year-old Lejon Rhodes at the scene. Officials say one officer spotted the minor removing a revolver from his waistband and throwing it away.
Investigation revealed that the unidentified minor and Rhodes had met a third man, 30-year-old Jamie Fraser, allegedly to purchase marijuana. The teen reportedly attempted to take the drugs without payment and Fraser fired at him as he fled to the rear parking lot of Jerry’s Deli. A third unknown suspect was also seen fleeing on foot towards Zanker School, which was placed on lockdown as a result. Fraser fled the scene in his vehicle.
Investigating officers located Fraser about four hours later at a home in San Jose and took him into custody, police say.
The 17-year-old was booked into Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall for carrying a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana, and providing a false name. Rhodes was released without charges, and the third suspect remains at large. Fraser was booked into Santa Clara County Jail for attempted murder, possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana, and for being armed with a firearm during the commission of a crime.
The shooting investigation is ongoing and police ask anyone with information to contact them at (408) 586-2400. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the tip line at (408) 586-2500.
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