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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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Car Crash Causes Chain Reaction of Power Outages, Fires

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MODESTO – A vehicle that collided into a utility pole Thursday afternoon caused a chain reaction of power outages and fires in a West Modesto neighborhood.

The incident happened Thursday shortly before 12:30pm. A vehicle collision near Rouse and Roselawn Avenues involving a utility pole caused power lines to snap mid-block to the west. The energized lines collapsed and sparked a fire that quickly engulfed at least one outbuilding. The fire began to spread south consuming vegetation and jumping fences into neighboring properties.

Several fire crews responded from various agencies, including Turlock City and Manteca. Firefighters were able to control the forward spread of the fire mid-block on Colorado Avenue. Some neighbors used garden hoses to defend their properties as best as they could.

Emergency crews were on scene for several hours. Utility crews de-energized the damaged lines for repair. Several residents in the area were without power for some time while repairs were made.

The driver of the involved car that crashed into a utility pole was not located. Police officers responded to investigate. There was an apparent auto theft nearby roughly around the same time, but authorities weren’t sure if the incidents were connected.

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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Shooting Claims Man’s Life, Injures Another

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STOCKTON – Police investigated a shooting that fatally wounded a man and injured another Tuesday night.

Police officers responded to the 1800 block of South San Joaquin at about 9:42pm for a report of a shooting. Arriving officers found two men suffering from gunshot wounds.

One victim, a 33 year old man, died from his injuries at the scene. The second victim, a 41 year old man, was transported to a hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

A witness in the area who wished to remain anonymous said they heard a disturbance down the street shortly before the gunfire. They described what appeared to be someone running away, but couldn’t make out a description.

The intersection of San Joaquin and Fourth Strets were closed off by police. The crime scene extended to South Sutter Street. Detectives responded to investigate the shooting, however no motive or suspect description was available for release Wednesday.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Deputies Investigate Report of Shooting Near Mobile Home Park

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MODESTO – Deputies investigated a report of a shooting near a South Modesto mobile home park Sunday night.

The incident was reported shortly before midnight near the Modesto Mobile Village on South Seventh Street. Arriving deputies located one person with an injury. An ambulance responded to the scene to treat the injured person but it appeared they did not require hospitalization.

Several people appeared to be detained by deputies nearby during the investigation. An area west of an entrance to the mobile home park was taped off as a crime scene.

No further details were available at time of publication.

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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