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Police Find Shotgun in Backpack After Chasing Teen

Officers say a boy led detectives on a chase that started inside the Lido Faire Shopping Center Friday.

Detectives are investigating why a teenage boy had a sawed-off shotgun in his backpack following a police chase in a neighborhood that has witnessed a number of shootings this year, according to

Sgt. Michael Carroll said a juvenile was arrested Friday after he ran away from two Street Enforcement Team detectives in front of on Newark Boulevard Friday afternoon.

Neighbors identified the juvenile suspect as a 15-year-old boy, a high school freshman.

In a news release, Carroll said the boy led officers on a chase that wound through the parking lot behind the store and over the concrete wall at the border of the shopping center and the neighborhood near Lido Court.

Carroll says the boy surrendered after officers found him hiding behind a complex on Lido Boulevard.

Witnesses helped officers locate the boy’s backpack on the roof of a nearby home. Officers found a loaded, sawed-off shotgun inside the backpack, saidCarroll.

“All the officers were very appreciative of the support of residents who assisted with the recovery of a dangerous weapon,” Carroll said in the news release. “The officers and residents were very happy to have located and removed a gun in an area recently impacted by several shooting incidents.”

  • On Feb. 23, officers found an 18-year-old man suffering gunshot wounds to his legs at a housing complex on Cedar Boulevard.
  • On Jan. 29, paramedics treated a several times in an alley behind  on Newark Boulevard.
  • On Jan. 20, officers investigated a drive-by at the intersection of Haley Street and Cedar Boulevard that sent a 19-year-old man to the hospital with gunshot wounds.
Nadja Adolf March 09, 2011 at 10:47 PM
Actually, he committed both state and federal felonies by having a sawed off shotgun, which is illegal to manufacture or possess. He was also a minor in possession of a firearm, a minor carrying an illegal concealed weapon, etc. It does no good to publish minor's names, even if convicted, unless they are sentenced as adults. This young man should be removed to an appropriate facility for both rehabilitation and punishment. I personally don't care that much about his freedom; but I do care about the lives of innocent victims caught in the crossfire of gangs that can't shoot straight because they hold their pistols in what was known as "San Francisco Style" in a less PC era.
Nadja Adolf March 09, 2011 at 10:50 PM
One reason we need to have both rehabilitation and punishment is both are needed to correct such behavior. The reality is not only did he know it was illegal; he probably planned to use it. I wonder what the parents thought he was up to, or if they even gave a rodent's rump as to what happened to their son. What's the difference between a dead gangbanger and a live gangbanger? The parents show concern about the dead one.
Mona Taplin March 10, 2011 at 02:03 AM
You are right about this being illegal and he certainly knew it, and I hope for his sake that it turns out that he has not yet used that gun. scary! Yes of course I care more about the victim than the criminal, but it's still sad to see someone that age toss his freedom for a lifetime away just to feel like a big shot in a gang.
Mona Taplin March 10, 2011 at 02:06 AM
Nadja, I know parents who are very caring and try their best to keep their kids out of trouble, but peer pressure is a powerful influence that far too often leads kids into activities they wouldn't consider by themselves. Being a part of a group, aka gang, becomes the dominating force in their lives. Very sad.
Mona Taplin March 10, 2011 at 02:11 AM
Trife, no matter what the statistics are it's a very scary situation to watch young people get involved in such activity. These kids aren't carrying weapons for self defense,- they are carying them to use. Too bad they aren't looking ahead at the consequences of their actions.
Nadja Adolf March 10, 2011 at 04:32 AM
There are simple and effective ways that parents can control this behavior. Don't let the kids out after dark at night unless they are chaperoned by responsible parents of other children in the group. Know your child's friend's families. No automobile use after dark; no riders in the car other than a parent. No parties other than chaperoned at parent's houses - and other parents should also be in the house to keep things in hand. Then there are High School ROTC, Girl Scouts, Campfire, Boy Scouts, Religious Youth Groups, etc. If the kids need something to do, those organizations are more than happy to help.
Mona Taplin March 10, 2011 at 05:20 AM
Depending on the child's age I pretty much agree with you Nadja. But that doesn't mean your kids are always going to be where they say they are going. Not even way back when I was a teenager.
James March 10, 2011 at 07:08 AM
Mona, Very true! When I lost that Privilege to be Trusted to go where I said I would, I then started Sneaking out the Window and staying out all night. Honestly, I wouldn't have ever encountered the Newark Police if I had stayed by myself. But I would always go link up with my Pot smoking Misfit buddies and they ALWAYS got NPD's attention. I have no doubt I would have ran into NPD on my own accord at some point, but hanging with those Idiots guaranteed sooner than later. LOL
Mona Taplin March 10, 2011 at 07:19 AM
Sounds like a typical teenager from every generation. I never got in trouble with the police, but there were times when I did go places I wasn't supposed to. I wasn't at all surprised to have my daughter tell me things like that too long after she was grown up. And yes, she did have a curfew and rules to follow much stricter than most kids she hung out with. Not many gangs then, thank God. In my day there were a few zoot suiters but nothing like the gangs today.
Alex March 10, 2011 at 02:08 PM
Now, its the parents turn. How do we make sure the parents see the big picture. Hopefully the parents will have to pay a large fine for lack of being a parent. The kid is a kid. This child will learn a very hard lesson, I just hope society will forgive. Its the parents that need to be punish.
Nadja Adolf March 11, 2011 at 09:13 AM
Even so, having rules and enforcing them does help. So does having a father in the home, who is actually married to mother.
Nadja Adolf March 11, 2011 at 09:14 AM
One way my uncle and my father kept the boys in our family home when they were having issues was to disable their cars with the careful removal of expensive components.
Kris Vera-Phillips March 11, 2011 at 04:08 PM
Hello Joe - I understand your concern about your friend. However, our Patch policy does not allow contributors and commenters to identify juvenile suspects. Please keep this in mind when you are sharing your views with our Patch readers. Thanks.
Kris Vera-Phillips March 11, 2011 at 04:18 PM
Joe - again - please do not name the juvenile who was arrested in this story. You're welcome to comment but I need you to follow this rule. According to our Patch user agreement, we also don't allow curse words in comments. You may refer to our terms of agreement here: http://newark.patch.com/terms
Mona Taplin March 11, 2011 at 05:23 PM
Even if the parents didn't know this boy had a weapon, he had the money to purchase it orobtain it somehow. This is really scary to think of a boy that young with a sawed off shotgun out in the public.
Mona Taplin March 11, 2011 at 05:25 PM
Nadja, I think your father and uncle were very lucky if they always knew when their boys were having issues and took steps to prevent problems.
Mona Taplin March 11, 2011 at 05:28 PM
Joe, letting everyone know the name of the boy who was caught with the gun isn't helping him. It could make the situation more dangerous than ever for him. I hope you aren't carrying either. Some of us really do care about what's going on,- and that includes caring about YOU.
Samson Gich March 12, 2011 at 07:41 PM
Not that a comparison of Newark versus East Palo Alto is relevant but how many murders happened in Newark last year?
Kris Vera-Phillips March 12, 2011 at 10:07 PM
Hey Samson - Newark had 5 homicide cases in 2010. http://patch.com/A-fd6h
nickolo palou March 14, 2011 at 06:53 PM
as a teen in newark, i believe the youth are more violent than adults, things are only getting worse. as the economy dissipates into a jobless environment for teens, i believe the economy is to blame for why teens act, if you dont have a job, you aren't respected. and it just leads to robbery, crime then murder for money. if the economy doesn't get better, the youth will only evolve into career criminals. its frustrating for me, when i got laid off 4 times in one year, now all i keep thinking about is robbing, but i dont wana go back to jail, i'd rather be broke and free!!
nickolo palou March 14, 2011 at 06:56 PM
so if this website is to just be a gossiping blog, and not to come together to help out our future, for our families and friends. why are we here???? help out your community, and helps random teens with job opportunities!!!reachout to these gangmember kids, as people and helpout!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
nickolo palou March 14, 2011 at 06:58 PM
even if its a kid cutting your lawn every weekend, that dollar you give them, will help out your community believe it or not !!!!think about it......
Nadja Adolf March 14, 2011 at 07:11 PM
Nickolo: I tried hiring a local, gang inclined middle school student to mow our lawn in back when we had one. I paid him $20. After the first time he did a rotten job; and the second time he left after mowing only about 1/3 of the property. Then he tried intimidating me when he came by during the week and wanted to be paid in advance for his next mowing job and I told him that it didn't work that way; after all, I had already told him I wasn't pleased with his performance, and that being paid in advance was a reward, not a right. And there's the rub. After an experience like that you don't want the gang inclined anywhere near the property. I no longer have a lawn; and I hire an eager and willing to work college student $15 to help maintain the landscaping. He can draw his pay in advance any time he wants because he is a good, thorough worker.
Mona Taplin March 14, 2011 at 08:31 PM
Some good points Nickolo . Nadja, you just proved that some people do still have decent work ehics and are worth hiring. I'm sorry you have had so many bad experiences along the way. I have found that most people are good, decent human beings who care about each other. Once in awhile I am disappointed, but Thank God not often.
fukushimasuzuki March 15, 2011 at 05:34 PM
i dont no what gang inclined means, but middle school kids, are far from intimidating LMAO
nummikaizentoyoda March 25, 2011 at 02:26 AM
i'll cut your lawn for 10 bucks a week, nadja i need some $$
Nadja Adolf March 25, 2011 at 03:48 AM
I don't have a lawn anymore - what would you charge me to do some weeding?
Mona Taplin March 25, 2011 at 04:54 AM
In fairness it should be no less than minimum wage.
Nadja Adolf March 25, 2011 at 07:06 AM
I was thinking ten dollars an hour.
Nadja Adolf March 25, 2011 at 07:07 AM
Ten dollars an hour is 125% of the minimum wage. Weeding would be done under the direction of the college student worker who would then be freed to do more complex tasks.

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