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Update: Homicide Investigated in North Modesto

Carlos Rodriguez

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MODESTO – A woman shot early Monday morning on Blue Bird Drive died from her injuries, according to officials.

Police say the woman was shot while sitting in a parked vehicle on the 4000 block Blue Bird Drive shortly after midnight Monday. Authorities quickly arrived on scene. An ambulance responded and transported the victim to a hospital, but she died from her gunshot wounds.

Detectives arrived and took over the investigation. A large crime scene truck also responded to the scene to process any evidence that could be found.

The identity of the woman was withheld pending notification of family members.

Blue Bird Drive was closed off with red tape in both directions between between Snyder and Smokehouse Avenues.

Neighbors in the area said they heard a few gunshots initially thinking they were fireworks. They soon realized that something worse had happened when police officers began arriving.

One resident who declined to be identified said Blue Bird Drive has seen its share of trouble in recent months. Another said there were “things that happen in the area that shouldn’t be happening.”

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Martin at (209) 342-6116 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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Officer Involved Shooting Investigated in Modesto

Gaby Muro

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MODESTO – Authorities investigated a shooting involving at least one police officer Wednesday afternoon.

The incident happened near a parking lot near the intersection of McHenry and Roseburg Avenues shortly before 4:00pm according to police spokeswoman Sharon Bear.

The circumstances leading up to the shooting were under investigation. The area on McHenry Avenue between Roseburg and Mensinger Avenues was taped off with yellow and red crime scene tape.

The suspect suffered a non life threatening injury and was expected to survive.

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

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Homicide Suspect Located, Officer Involved Shooting Reported

Gaby Muro

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STOCKTON – Investigators with the Modesto Police Department located Friday’s homicide suspect and were involved in a shooting.

Shortly before noon, police located the suspect in Sherwood Park. Police spokeswoman Sharon Bear says during the confrontation officers shot the suspect. The suspect’s condition was unknown Tuesday afternoon.

Officers with the Stockton Police department closed the area around Sherwood Park while authorities conducted a protocol investigation. Bear said several investigations were anticipated in the incident.

Officer Joseph Silva with the Stockton Police Department said his agency took the lead on the critical incident investigation since it happened within the city limits.

The homicide in question happened Friday on the 200 block of Semple Street in Modesto shortly before 9:00pm. Three victims were injured, two died.

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

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Fundraiser Established for Semple Street Shooting Victim

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Photo: Family/GoFundMe

MODESTO – Family of one of the victims of Friday’s shooting on Semple Street held a vigil over the weekend and established a fundraiser for the unexpected funeral costs.

Friends and relatives gathered in front of the home late Saturday afternoon with candles and flowers to honor the victims who were gunned down in front of a home Friday night. Brandon Wheeler was identified as one of the victims who lost his life.

“Brandon was a loved son, brother and dad,” the organizer of the fundraiser said. “He leaves behind his three kids and family and friends who all loved him dearly. He truly was an amazing man, he would give the shirt off of his back and the shoes off his feet. I could name several times he came home barefoot for this exact reason.”

The shooting happened on Semple Street just north of Jones Street Friday night shortly before 9:00pm. Three people were reported shot in front of the home. Police and medics arrived quickly to provide care for the injured. They were rushed to a hospital where Brandon and another victim passed away. The third victim is expected to survive.

Officials with the Modesto Police Department say detectives have been working hard on the case to find the individual or individuals responsible for the shooting. Authorities are encouraging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

Anyone interested in donating to Brandon Wheeler’s fundraiser can do so by clicking on the link here.

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