NAMPA — A 21-year-old Nampa man is in custody after a shooting that injured a girl who is between the ages of 10 and 12 near the God and Country Festival on Wednesday night.
According to Nampa Police, Ezri Garcia was arrested and booked into the Canyon County jail on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm.
Witnesses told police that Garcia and another man were fighting in a parking lot on Franklin Road. The fight escalated, and both parties fired shots at one another, according to police.
A girl was struck by a stray bullet while in an adjacent parking lot waiting to watch the fireworks at the God and Country Festival. The bullet struck her shoulder. She was transported to a local hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries, according to police. The girl was a bystander and was not involved in the fight, police said.
Officers were able to arrive on scene within a minute of reports of shots fired in the parking lot. They said they found a small caliber handgun with Garcia and multiple shell casings on the ground from two different caliber weapons.
Nampa Police has said they are still trying to identify the second person involved in the fight.
“This is a very unfortunate event to take place where families are gathered for a fun event,” Nampa Police Capt. Curt Shankel said. “Officers were quick to the scene and were able to take control quickly and apprehend a suspect without any further incident. We are continuing to investigate this shooting and looking for the other suspect involved.
“As more information becomes available we will get it out and ask for the public’s help and continued support and vigilance.”
Nampa Police are still looking for another man involved in the fight. He is described as a Hispanic male, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall with a small build, wearing a black shirt. He left in a dark colored vehicle.