Police arrested two teenagers Friday on suspicion of robbing and shooting a victim Thursday in Fairfield. According to Fairfield police, on the evening of April 13, the victim went to the 400 block of Tulip Street to sell a gaming system to one of the suspects.
The two had met through an online forum for selling and purchasing items. The victim arrived and was approached by the suspect, who pulled out a handgun and demanded the gaming system, police said. The victim turned over the system, but then a struggle broke out and the suspect allegedly shot the victim twice. The suspect then fled the scene with the gaming system, police said.
The victim transported himself to a hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening. He is expected to recover, police said.
Detectives identified a 16-year-old suspect from Fairfield. They tracked him down in a motel in Fairfield, where he was arrested Friday afternoon on suspicion of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and violation of probation, police said.
He was accompanied by a 17-year-old Fairfield resident who was also arrested on suspicion of possessing a concealed firearm, stolen property and a controlled substance for sale, police said.
Police are reminding the public to be cautious when selling or purchasing items from online sites and applications such as Craigslist, Facebook and Offerup.
Police encourage transactions to be conducted in well-lit, public locations such as shopping centers or police department parking lots.
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