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Fifth arrest made in White City drive-by shooting

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department has arrested a fifth person in connection with a May 7 drive-by shooting on Hale Way in White City, police said.

The sheriff's department SWAT team arrested Devon James Wright, 19, of the 8000 block of Hale Way, on a warrant just before 9 a.m. Friday, a news release from the department said.

Four other suspects, Osbaldo David Espinoza, 21; Cristobal Lynn Barajas, 21; Christian Omar Espinoza, 19; and a 17-year-old boy, all from White City, were arrested early this week and also face charges for their alleged involvement in the gang-related shooting that peppered one home in the 8000 block of Hale Way with shotgun pellets.

Wright is lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of unlawful use of a weapon, menacing, pointing a firearm at another and second-degree disorderly conduct, jail records show. His bail is set at $15,000.

It is unknown whether Wright, who attempted to flee when police arrived, has any gang affiliation, the release said.

Osbaldo Espinoza, Barajas, and the 17-year-old boy, who were arrested Tuesday night following a gang-related brawl in White City, and Christian Espinoza, who was arrested at his home Wednesday in a gang sweep, are suspected Sureños gang members, police said.

The drive-by shooting took place at about 7 p.m. May 7, police said. A blue Pontiac Sunfire was seen speeding away before crashing into a yard, nearly running over the resident of that home. Suspects ran from the crashed car, leaving a shotgun behind.

Police said Wednesday there were four male occupants in the vehicle and they suspect the 17-year-old fired a shotgun several times out the window. The sheriff's department has not released the name of the teenager.

Christian Espinoza is suspected of driving the vehicle.

Following a two-week investigation, SWAT teams from the sheriff's department and Medford police, as well as detectives from both agencies, on Wednesday swarmed four White City residences linked to the suspects.

Police said they seized several items from the four residences related to the shooting, but no guns or drugs. A stolen bicycle was recovered.

Another drive-by shooting was reported April 26 near the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Avenue H, prompting a man whose house was hit by gunfire to start an armed patrol of the neighborhood.

Reach reporter Sam Wheeler at 541-776-4471 or swheeler@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/swhlr.