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Bay Area Man Arrested for Suspected Shooting of 15-Year-Old Girl Outside School

Written by Sarah HoltzPublished Feb. 06, 2023 • 1:32pm
Vallejo's police department headquarters is seen in Vallejo, Calif. on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. | Paul Chinn/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

The Vallejo Police Department have arrested a suspect in connection to a Jan. 31 shooting that wounded a 15-year-old girl near Vallejo High School.

Leon Arreguin, a 36-year-old Vallejo resident, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a firearm, illegal firearm discharge and inflicting injury on a child. Vallejo police spokesperson Sgt. Rashad Hollis said that Arreguin confessed to the crime and was taken into custody on Friday.

The student suffered a serious but non-life-threatening injury when she was caught in the crossfire between two moving vehicles outside the high school on Jan. 31 around 3:30 p.m. Police said they don't believe the shooter intended to hit the student, whose current condition has not been made immediately available.

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Arreguin was booked into the Solano County Jail, and his bail was issued at $75,000, jail records show.

This shooting comes after Vallejo High School football coach, Joe Pastrana, was shot and wounded in front of the school in September. Pastrana had broken up an altercation between students and unknown men before some involved fled in a car, shooting back at the individuals still standing outside. Hollis told The Standard that there is no known connection between the two shootings.

A spokesperson for Vallejo City Unified School District said: "There is no connection between last week's shooting and the incident in September. Last week's event did not occur on campus, nor did the one in September."

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