March 09--SOQUEL -- A man was shot multiple times with an infant in his car Wednesday afternoon near Beverly Fabrics and Safeway in Soquel, according to information from Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office.
Joshua Strauss, 18, of San Jose is accused of shooting the man in a parking lot. The victim was taken to Dominican Hospital and is in critical condition, "but is expected to survive," Sgt. Brian Cleveland said on Thursday.
The infant was not hurt in the shooting about 4:45 p.m., Cleveland said.
After being chased, Strauss was arrested and a gun was located in his orange Honda Fit, Cleveland said. Strauss was held without bail on a charge of attempted murder.
A deputy in the Safeway parking lot heard the gunshots coming from the fabric store. The deputy saw the Honda Fit speed away and located the gunshot victim, Cleveland said.
Deputies surrounded the area and positioned themselves along Soquel Drive, where the Honda last was seen fleeing during rush hour. The Honda, seen speeding on Soquel Drive near Soquel Avenue and Strauss, turned on Soquel Avenue with a deputy pursuing him, Cleveland said.
Strauss crashed into a sign at the 2000 block of Soquel Avenue, got out of his car and tried to run when a bystander tackled him, Cleveland said.
Strauss had injuries resulting from the wreck and was flown to a Bay Area hospital. The Sheriff's Office received information that Strauss might have been a suspect in a San Jose shooting earlier Wednesday. In that shooting, a teenager was struck by gunfire, Cleveland said.
The Sheriff's Office and San Jose Police Department are coordinating investigations.
Strauss remained at Santa Cruz County Jail on Thursday afternoon, according to jail records.
Anyone who saw the shooting can call Sgt. Daniel Freitas at 831-454-7635.
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