Boy, 10, shot dead during ‘dispute’ in Northern California. Man arrested, sheriff says

A man was arrested after a 10-year-old boy was shot and killed during a “dispute” Sunday evening in rural Northern California, authorities said.

Deputies responded around 7:40 p.m. following reports of shots fired in the area of Alicia Avenue in Olivehurst, the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

A boy was found inside a home with a single gunshot wound and transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A suspect, identified as 31-year-old Juan Martin Ortiz of Olivehurst, was arrested in connection with the shooting. Ortiz was booked into the Yuba County Jail on charges of homicide, shooting at an inhabited dwelling and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon.

The sheriff’s news release described the shooting as a “dispute among families.”

An involved party returned fire at Ortiz during the incident, the Sheriff’s Office said Monday evening in an updated statement. Ortiz suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was able to drive away before being apprehended by deputies.

The Sheriff’s Office in the updated news release described Ortiz as a known gang member and said it has received “numerous” calls for service in the past at the residence on Alicia Avenue.

Homicide detectives continue to actively investigate the shooting.

The victim’s identity will not be released because he is a minor, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Ortiz’s bail is set at $1 million, jail records show.