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Gunshots Fired In Dispute At Lake Camanche Campground

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Calaveras County, CA — A man was booked into Calaveras County Jail for attempted murder following an argument at the Moccasin campgrounds on Lake Camanche’s South Shore.

At around 9:30 pm this past Saturday, several people called 911 after hearing gunshots in the vicinity of space 147.

Responding deputies spoke to a victim who had gotten into a verbal dispute with the shooter, 28-year-old Ismael Viveros, over a minor vehicle accident. Viveros reportedly took out a handgun and pointed it in the direction of the victim, and announced that that he was going to “kill him.” He then allegedly fired one round toward the victim and other campers in the area.

People ran to seek cover while Viveros left the scene.

A large search was conducted in the heavily populated campground with outside help from the CHP and Amador County Sheriff’s Office. Eventually, Viveros was located in a vehicle near the front gate, attempting to leave. He was arrested without incident and taken to the Calaveras County Jail on charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, felony criminal threats, and felony participation in a street gang.

Due to the severity of the actions, and his connection to a street gang, the deputy applied for and was granted a “no bail” enhancement so that Viveros will remain in county jail while the legal process is carried out. It wasn’t immediately clear where Viveros is from, but officials believe it may be the Livermore area.

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office has a contract with the East Bay Municipal Utilities District to provide law enforcement services in the campground. One deputy is assigned year-round, and another just during the summer months to help with the large number of people who come to enjoy outdoor activities.