HESPERIA After two consecutive nights of allegedly shooting at a Hesperia home following a fight, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Hesperia SMASH Gang Team members tracked down and arrested three gangsters for the crime, officials said Tuesday.


Sergio Lupian, 24, of Hesperia was identified as the shooter and arrested Monday night for firing into an inhabited dwelling. Two other men, Michael Paez, 29 and Victor Gonzalez, 27, also of Hesperia, were booked for parole violations.


According to reports, everything started on Sunday afternoon when the victim became involved in a yelling match with a man who was claiming to be a local gang member.


Early Monday morning, deputies were called out to the 14700 block of Olive Street for a shots fired call, Roxanne Walker, spokeswoman for the Hesperia station, said. Witnesses reported seeing a car drive off from the location.


Monday night, shortly before 8 p.m., deputies again responded to the same location for another report of someone shooting into a home. Investigators learned a group of men had run off into an open field on Maple Avenue near Orange Street, Walker said. Witnesses also provided a description of the shooter, later identified as Lupian.


While no one was hit in either of the instances, officials said one of the bullets went through the victim's wall and landed on his bed.


Deputies were able to locate Lupian a short distance from the crime scene and take him into custody, Walker said. Two other men, later identified as Paez and Gonzalez, as well as two teen boys were also found in the area and detained.


After being positively identified, the three gangsters were arrested by the Hesperia SMASH Gang Team. The teens were interviewed and released to their mother.


According to San Bernardino Superior Court records, Lupian has been arrested for obstructing a peace officer and various vehicle code violations including driving under the influence.


Paez has been arrested in the past for shooting at an inhabited dwelling as well as participation in a criminal street gang. In 2004, both Paez and Gonzalez were arrested for trespassing. Gonzalez's record indicates arrests for petty theft, burglary and receiving stolen property.


Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at (760) 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com.