Deputies investigate drive-by shooting

WHITE CITY — Jackson County sheriff's deputies are investigating a drive-by shooting they suspect was gang related.

A string of 9-1-1 calls at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday reported that shots were fired from a small dark-colored car with tinted windows toward a house in the 3800 block of Avenue H in White City. No one was injured, and investigators believe all the rounds hit a driveway, said Sheriff's Department Sgt. Rick Kennedy.

Investigators haven't determined what kind of weapon was used, Kennedy said.

Witnesses described the car, possibly a hatchback, as older, but estimates on its age varied, he said.

The Avenue H neighborhood on the edge of town was the scene of suspected gang violence July 12, when a group of teens threatened to beat two boys with a baseball bat. The group dispersed after the boys' father fired a shot into the air, officials said at the time.

Investigators said they have several leads in Wednesday's shooting and continue to seek details.

As activity linked to Norteños and Sureños, two Hispanic gangs with roots in the California prison system, ebbs and surges in the Rogue Valley, police agencies cooperate to share information, bring charges and prosecute suspects to the fullest extent of the law, officials said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the sheriff's department at 774-6800.

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