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Riverbank Schools Locked Down After Threat Found on Campus

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RIVERBANK – Two schools were placed on lockdown after a threat was found written on a bathroom wall Friday afternoon.

Deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office responded to Riverbank High School after a threatening message was found written on the wall of a bathroom stall.

One mother who waited outside for her son to be released from the high school shared a photo that was sent to her through a message from her son. The message read “I’m shooting this school up at lunch Be Ready” with a smiley face drawn below.

The woman said her son was frustrated with the situation, but she understood that authorities had to take it serious.

Several patrol cars were parked in front of and around the school while deputies worked to ensure there was no threat on campus.

Meanwhile down the road at California Avenue Elementary School, dozens of parents stood outside waiting to pick up their children. Deputies were also present at the school, one using a loud speaker to announce which classes were being released in both English and Spanish.

In a social media post authorities said all threats were unfounded, and many of the rumors were circulated by students.

“Please know we are working diligently to investigate any threats and to ensure the safety of our community,” the post said.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

Carlos Rodriguez is an Emmy Award winning photojournalist specializing in public safety and natural disasters. His passion for local news stems from a deep commitment to his community, with a selfless mission to inform the citizens of the valley. As he worked on assignment for 19 days at the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise, California, he spent most of his time helping survivors contact their loved ones to let them know they were ok. Carlos is a veteran of Univision, FOX, and Telemundo TV stations and a native of Modesto, California.

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Police Investigate Reported Shooting

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MODESTO – Police responded to a report of a person shot Thursday near a busy intersection.

Shortly before noon officers were called to a report of a shooting near the intersection of McHenry and Orangeburg Avenues.

Early reports indicate one person was found injured near a bus stop. Arriving first responders attempted life saving measures.

The parking lot of the Pep Boys/Advance Auto Parts was closed off as a crime scene along with Orangeburg Avenue east of McHenry Avenue. By 12:30, investigators were arriving on scene.

One person may have been detained, a second person may have ran to a hospital for care. Stay tuned for further details.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Modesto Police or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Shooting Investigated in South Modesto

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MODESTO – Emergency personnel responded to a report of a person shot Saturday night near Imperial Avenue.

Shortly before 10:00pm emergency personnel responded to the 100 block of Imperial Avenue for a report of a person shot. Arriving deputies located one person who was shot in a pathway between Imperial and Glenn. Fire and medical crews also responded to the scene.

There was no confirmed suspect information available at time of publication, but it was believed the person responsible fled the area on foot.

The area was taped off by deputies.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Shooting Investigated on Pacific Avenue

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STOCKTON – Officers with the Stockton Police Department investigated a report of a person shot late Thursday morning near Sherwood Mall.

The shooting happened at about 10:45am in the mall’s parking lot. Early reports indicate at least one person was struck by gunfire. The area was taped off and surrounding roadways were closed to traffic.

An alert from San Joaquin Delta College read as follows:

“Mustang Alert!: Police Activity at Mall – Shooting across from Stockton campus at the mall. Suspects fled away from campus. Delta is safe. Avoid Pacific Avenue.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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