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Three men – one found at Mexican border – arrested in Knights Landing shooting

Three men are in custody in connection with the shooting of a 24-year-old man found earlier this month on a county road near Knights Landing after he was reportedly taken from Woodland, the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

The suspects, identified as Knights Landing resident Nicholas Castro, 24, and Woodland residents Sergio Zaragoza, 23, and Miguel Bermudez, 34, are expected to face attempted murder charges, a department news release said.

Authorities stopped Castro at the Mexican border on Tuesday and found Bermudez in the unincorporated Yolo County town of Zamora on Wednesday. Zaragoza was arrested May 18 in Fremont.

The arrests stem from a May 15 call from a shooting victim just before 11 p.m. at the area of County Roads 116a and 116b, southeast of Knights Landing. When the deputies arrived, they found a 24-year-old man on the side of the road with gunshot wounds who said he had been taken from Woodland and shot. He remains at a local hospital and is still recovering from the shooting, the news release said.

Detectives found a second man, also 24, who was a witness to the shooting and who deputies believe was an intended target, though he was not hit by gunfire.

Department spokesman Sgt. Matthew Davis said the suspects and victims were known to each other and that the shooting was not random. Davis did not say whether a motive for the shooting was identified by police, citing an ongoing investigation.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets