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Two busted in Patterson pot grow shooting

2:55 PM, Mar 16, 2011   |    comments
Ignacio Michael Lopez, Jonathan Gilbert McKnight
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PATTERSON, CA - Two men have been arrested in connection with a shooting at a Patterson house Monday where investigators say hundreds of marijuana plants were found.

The resident of the home on the 1400 block of Carly Creek was wounded and remained in critical condition after surgery, said Sgt. Keith Rakoncza with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.

Two documented Norteno gang members have been taken into custody for their alleged involvement, Rakoncsa said.

Ignacio Michael Lopez, 21, was booked into Stanislaus County Jail for attempted homicide, active participation in criminal street gang, committing a crime for the benefit of a criminal street gang, and conspiracy to commit a felony while participating in a criminal street gang.

Jonathan Gilbert McKnight, 23, was arrested for attempted homicide, active participation in criminal street gang, committing a crime for the benefit of a criminal street gang, conspiracy to commit a felony while participating in a criminal street gang, and committing a crime while out on bail, Rakoncsa said. McKnight was free on bail after a September 2010 arrest for assault with a deadly weapon that occurred in Patterson.

Rakoncsa said detectives have identified a third suspect and were actively looking for that person. 

More than 700 pot plants were removed from the house were the shooting took place, Rakoncsa said.

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