Modesto Police investigate mysterious triple homicide

8:12 PM, Mar 3, 2012   |    comments
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MODESTO, CA - What happened inside an East Modesto family home early Saturday morning remains a mystery for its neighbors.

Three people were shot and killed inside the house on the 700 block of N. McClure Road around 3:40 AM.

Modesto Police said the victims were a man in his early 30s, a woman in her mid-20s, and a teenaged boy approximately 16-years-old.

Police officials called the triple homicide an unusual crime scene and released few details to the public.

"Nothing indicates it as a murder-suicide situation. It doesn't appear that it was a home invasion-type robbery at this time," said Officer Scott Nelson, who added that the homicides didn't appear to be gang-related.

Nelson said police were called to the house after 911 callers reported hearing gunshots coming from inside the home. One of the calls was made from inside the house. When officers entered the house, they found three people with fatal gunshot wounds and a witness.

"There's still one person we're interviewing who was at the residence," said Nelson, who said the person was an adult.
"Anybody that we're interviewing right now doesn't appear to be a suspect."

Police said they couldn't reveal the identities of the three victims, or reveal their relationship to one another, but did say the victims all lived at the house. The next door neighbor told News10 that a young couple and their young son lived at the house for about a year.

"They're very nice people, very friendly," said Jessica Wilson, who said she didn't hear gunshots last night and learned of the shootings from officers knocking on her door Saturday morning.

"So when I first heard, I asked if the little boy was ok."

Police did not comment over whether more people resided in the home. No suspect(s) have been identified, but police said they don't believe the crime was a random act of violence.

"We don't feel a threat to the community at large. We don't feel a threat to that specific neighborhood," said Nelson.


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