VISALIA, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — A teen has been hospitalized after being shot in the chest Friday morning in Visalia.
At approximately 10:00 a.m. on Friday, officers from the Visalia Police Department responded to a call of a disturbance at the Riverway Sports Complex in Visalia.
As officers approached the area, officials say they saw several vehicles leaving the scene. Authorities say these vehicle descriptions were given to responding officers who observed one of the vehicles in the area of Locust and Race streets.
As the traffic stop was taking place, police say they were notified that a 16-year-old victim suffering from a gunshot wound had arrived at a local hospital with a family member. Officials say they learned the vehicle officers stopped belonged to a witness and that they were later released.
Investigators believe a fight between two people led to the teen being shot in the chest. According to detectives, Visalia Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit responded to the scene and identified Adam Prideaux, 32, as the suspect.
Investigators say with the assistance of the Special Enforcement Unit, Prideaux was located and arrested in the 2300 block of W. Buena Vista Avenue. Police say the firearm believed to be used in the shooting was also found.
According to Visalia police officials, the victim is now in stable condition.
Officers say Prideaux was booked at the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility for assault with a deadly weapon.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Detective Lamar at (559) 713-4739.