STOCKTON - It wasn't about gangs, guns, or drugs. A shooting Sunday afternoon that sent two young Stockton boys to the hospital was allegedly over a dog.
A 15-year-old boy was taken to UC Davis Medical Center for critical injuries. His 12-year-old cousin is at a hospital in San Joaquin County and is now recovering from surgery. Their families talked about what happened moments before shots rang out.
"The culprit accused my nephew and the other victim of trying to steal his dog," said Terrance Evans.
Evans said his nephew, 12-year-old Zacchaeus Kinsey and his 15-year-old cousin Jonathan Rockingham were walking with two friends along Pilgrim Street when a resident accused them of stealing his dog.
"It was confirmed there was no dog taken," Evans said.
After the verbal altercation, the boys kept on walking. Evans said the suspect then hopped into his car, followed them and then opened fire on the boys, striking Zacchaeus and Jonathan.
"Zacchaeus was the first to be struck," Evans said.
Zacchaeus was hit in the leg and ended up having a three-and-a-half hour surgery Sunday. Relatives said he's going to need additional surgery. As for his cousin, he was struck three times, including once in the head.
Police are not releasing a suspect description right now. They're not commenting on the motive behind the shooting either. But relatives say whatever the motive, the shooting was clearly wrong.
"It's very sad that my nephew along with another victim had to suffer such traumatic injuries," Evans said.
Relatives say they're just two boys who loved to play football. Zacchaeus also loves to ride his bike.
Jonathan remains hospitalized in critical condition..