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Turlock Sideshow Turns Deadly, Tracy Man Killed by Gunfire

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TURLOCK – A 20 year old Tracy man was killed in a shooting during a sideshow in Turlock late Friday night that ended with a pursuit and vehicle collisions.

Authorities said officers responded to a sideshow in the area of South Avenue and Orange Street shortly before midnight. A sideshow is a gathering of several vehicles that often perform burnouts and donuts in roadways and intersections. The events sometimes draw large amounts of vehicles and spectators.

A press release from the Turlock Police Department indicated that participants involved in the sideshow began pointing lasers. Deputies from the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office and the Air Support Unit also responded to assist.

Deputies attempted to stop several vehicles involved in the sideshow, but at least two vehicles fled from authorities. The resulting pursuits ended in at least one vehicle collision. California Highway Patrol Officers responded to assist in investigating the collisions.

Shortly after 1:00am the Sheriff Air Support Unit reported the vehicles involved in the sideshow began to meet at the intersection of Fulkerth and Tegner Roads. Officers responding to the area reported hearing gunfire. They moved into the crowd as vehicles fled. Two victims were found suffering from gunshot wounds, one critically. Officers began providing aid to that victim as medics responded but he died at the scene. He was identified only as a 20 year old man from Tracy. The second victim was transported by ambulance to a hospital and is expected to survive.

The Sheriff Helicopter then located a vehicle fleeing from deputies that later crashed on Taylor and Gratton Roads during a pursuit. The extent of their involvement was unclear Saturday afternoon.

During all of this, a shooting victim arrived at a local hospital. The victim claimed the shooting happened elsewhere. Authorities have yet to determine if there is any connection to the fatal shooting at the sideshow.

Investigators responded to examine the scene for evidence and interview witnesses, a process that lasted eight hours. They believe the shooting began as an altercation beginning between two individuals and not a random act of violence.

“The Turlock Police Department would like to advise the public that we take these illegal sideshow incidents very seriously,” the department said in a press release. “The Turlock Police Department continues to dedicate resources to combat these illegal sideshow activities in cooperation with our allied agency partners.”

Authorities are asking anyone with video of the sideshow or the shooting to contact Detective Raul Garcia at (209) 664-7314, or Detective Brandon Bertram at (209) 664-7323. Witnesses can also call Crime Stoppers and remain anonymous at (209) 521-4636.

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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Shooting Injures Two Men in Stockton

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Police close off a roadway where two men were found shot.

STOCKTON – Two men were taken to a hospital after suffering injuries in a shooting Sunday night.

At about 10:18pm officers were called to the area Cemetery Lane and Harding Street for a report of two men shot. Both victims were taken to a local hospital and are expected to survive their injuries.

A short time later a crime scene was located near the area of 10th and Ophir Streets. There was no suspect information available at time of publication.

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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Man Dies From Gunshot Wounds, Police Investigate

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Police officers investigate a shooting on Dijon Street on May 12th 2024.

STOCKTON – A 39 year old man died of his injuries from a shooting on Mother’s Day, police reported Friday.

The shooting happened May 12th at about 9:40pm. Officers responded to a report of a person shot on the 2000 block of Dijon Street. Arriving officers found the victim and began providing aid until medics transported him to a hospital for care.

On Thursday May 16th, investigators were notified that the victim died. No releasable suspect information or a motive was available Friday.

Anyone with information regarding this case 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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Police Shooting Investigated in West Modesto

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MODESTO – An officer involved shooting closed down a shopping center near a busy intersection early Tuesday morning.

The incident happened shortly before 1:00am near the intersection of South Martin Luther King Drive and Paradise Road. A police press release stated the shooting occurred when police encountered an armed person during a traffic stop. The suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment of the gunshot wound and was expected to survive. A firearm was recovered at the scene, and no officers were injured.

South Martin Luther King Drive was closed to traffic near the area where the shooting happened. The shooting appeared to have happened in a parking lot just east of the roadway near a Jack in the Box restaurant. A white car was examined by investigators in the parking lot, with police cars behind it.

The area was cleared and re-opened shortly before 9:00am.

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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