A large fight between two reported street gangs started with gunfire and ended with one arrest and five people injured in north Auburn Wednesday night.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Department received multiple 911 calls around 8 p.m. Wednesday about a group of more than 25 people fighting in an alleyway off of Quartz Drive. According to witnesses, the two groups may have affiliation with street gangs known as Norteños and Sureños.
Cassandra Alexandra Hernandez, 20, of Auburn, was arrested after she drove her car into several people during the fight. One victim may lose his hand after it was partially severed by the car. Two male juveniles struck by the car sustained minor leg injuries. They were treated at a local hospital and released. A 40-year-old man who was hit by Hernandez’s car was also stabbed and struck with baseball bats as he lay on the ground. A fifth person was stabbed in the hand.
During the fight, subjects fought with baseball bats, pipes and at least one knife.
Placer County Sheriff”s deputies were on the scene within minutes and secured a perimeter around the area and identified the victims and suspects. The investigation is ongoing.
Hernandez was booked at the Placer County Jail on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with great bodily injury. She was released Thursday on a $15,000 bail bond and is scheduled to appear in court March 24 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept. 31 in the Santucci Justice Center.
Note: Hernandez’s mug shot will not be released at this time due to the ongoing investigation.
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