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Modesto man arrested in possible road rage, shooting

MODESTO, CA - A Modesto man was booked into jail on suspicion of attempted murder after a shooting on Tuesday that police believe was triggered by a traffic crash.

According to Lt. Rick P. Armendariz with the Modesto Police Department, Victor Ramirez, 20, was driving southbound on Claus Road ahead of the victim and a passenger when Ramirez was reportedly rear-ended by the victim.

Both drivers pulled to the side of the road to assess the damage. Armendariz said as the other driver was viewing the damage, Ramirez became confrontational, pushing and threatening the victim. The victim went back to his vehicle.

At that point, witnesses told police Ramirez pointed a handgun at the other driver.

Man shot after rear-ending another man in Modesto

MODESTO, CA (AP) - Modesto police are searching for a man suspected of shooting a 20-year-old man who rear-ended his vehicle.

Lt. Rick Armendariz tells the Modesto Bee that the two men began arguing while assessing the damage from the accident, which occurred around 10 p.m. Tuesday. Witnesses told police the suspect pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at the victim.

Armendariz says the victim attempted to flee in his car and was pursued by the suspect. The victim then exited the car in a residential area and began running, at which point the suspect reportedly shot him in the back and drove away.

Police found the victim, whose name has not been released, lying in the front yard of a home. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

1 killed, 2 injured in Modesto drive-by shooting

MODESTO - One person was killed and two more people injured following a drive-by shooting in a west Modesto neighborhood on Sunday night.

Modesto police responded to the 300 block of Vine Street a little after 6:30 p.m. after receiving multiple phone calls of shots fired from a vehicle passing in the area, according to Sergeant Rick Armendariz with the Modesto Police Department.

When officers arrived at the scene they found a young adult male that had suffered from a gunshot wound. The man was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

After officers arrived they were notified of two other victims connected to the Vine Street shooting that had transported themselves to a local hospital. Those victims sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Witnesses reported a dark brown vehicle leaving the scene occupied by several male adults.

Two women arrested after pretending to collect money for funeral

MODESTO, CA - Two women accepting donations from motorists at busy a Modesto intersections were arrested on Saturday for taking money under false pretenses.

Chasity Doll, 20-years-old of Sun City, CA, and Tiffany Lyon, 27-years-old of Modesto, have been seen over the last two to three days at busy intersections in Modesto holding signs picturing an infant. The two women have been claiming the infant had died and they needed money to help cover the cost of the funeral.

Today, officers were dispatched to the area of Vintage Fair Mall in northwest Modesto on reports from citizens that the two women were creating a traffic hazard by walking out into the road to accept donations. Modesto Police officers arrived and contacted the pair.

Pregnant woman dies week after Modesto shooting

MODESTO, CA -A pregnant woman, who was shot last Friday night, died at a Modesto hospital Thursday.

Soheila Esquivel, 18, was shot at the corner of Vernon Avenue and Roberts Road during a drive by shooting, said Stanislaus County Sheriff's Deputy Raj Singh.

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Esquivel and her husband were in the car during the shooting. She was the only one injured in the shooting and transported to a hospital for treatment. Esquivel was listed in critical condition before she died.

Singh said the shooting was gang related because the husband was a known gang member and he and Esquivel were wearing gang related colors.

Witnesses told police that the suspect vehicle fired upon the victim's car.

Modesto police plan DUI checkpoints in June

Modesto police plan DUI checkpoints in June

MODESTO - Modesto Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting DUI/Driver’s License checkpoints on Saturday, June 18 and Saturday, June 25 at undisclosed locations within the city limits between the hours of  9:30 p.m. and 3:30 a.m.

The department is continuing its ongoing campaign to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes.

3 men in custody after shots fired at Modesto cops

MODESTO, CA - Two men were arrested early Wednesday morning after allegedly firing shots at two Modesto police officers, said Sgt. Rick Applegate.

Applegate said the officers were responding to a burglar alarm at Orville Wright Elementary School in the 1600 block of Monterey Avenue when shots rang out from a nearby backyard.

The officers said they heard the bullets striking the building and ground near them. They were not hit, but called for backup. Agencies throughout Stanislaus County responded.

After searching the area, officers found Danny Soto, 28, and  Alvin Thomas, 20, in the backyard of a home located in the 1000 block of Empire Avenue.

The two were arrested for assault with a deadly weapon at a police officer, Applegate said. During the search, Henry Martinez was also taken into custody for suspected parole violation.

Applegate said the shooting is still under investigation.