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Teen Shot and Killed in Fast-Food Drive-Thru

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STOCKTON – Police investigated a shooting Friday afternoon in a busy shopping center that claimed the life of a 15 year old boy.

Shortly before 4:00pm, police responded to a report of a shooting near the area of Wilson Way and East Park Street. A woman and her 15 year old son were in a fast-food drive-thru when a suspect or suspects approached and fired a gun several times into their vehicle.

The teen was rushed to a hospital for care, but died from his injuries. The boy’s mother was apparently unharmed.

A large part of the Eastland Plaza was taped off as a crime scene. Investigators examined the area and documented evidence. A Porsche SUV remained parked in the drive-thru for several hours with broken windows, presumably where the suspect(s) had opened fire.

Officer Joseph Silva, spokesman for the Stockton Police Department, said the shopping center would have been heavily populated at the time of the shooting. He described the crime as a “bold act committed by cowards with guns.”

“We heard a sound, like someone was pounding on our door,” an employee of a business in the shopping center explained. The employee spoke on condition of anonymity. “The second noise got our attention and everyone’s heads turned. That’s when we realized it was gun shots.”

Others in the shopping center who were curious about what happened could not make sense of the crime.

Authorities were not sure of a motive, but did not believe the shooting was random. Officials believe there were several witnesses and are encouraging them to come forward with information, anonymously if necessary.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact investigators at (209) 937-8323, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 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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