MODESTO, CA - A shooting at a Modesto park on Wednesday left one person critically wounded, two bystanders injured , two cars damaged and a fire hydrant destroyed.
Modesto police officers responded to Robertson Road Park at 500 Hammond Street just after 7:00 p.m. and discovered a 21-year-old Modesto man sitting in the driver's seat of a black BMW, suffering from at least one gunshot wound. The man was taken to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition, said Lt. Rick Armendariz of the Modesto Police Dept.,
According to Armendariz, an ensuing investigation revealed the gunshot victim and his friend, an 18-year-old Modesto man, got into a heated altercation with several men at the park earlier in the evening. When the gunshot victim and his friend attempted to leave the park in the BMW, a person within the other group shot at the car. The driver was hit at least once while speeding away, causing him to lose control of the car, hit a parked car, fire hydrant and two pedestrians before striking a second parked car and coming to a stop.
The two struck pedestrians were taken to local hospitals and treated for minor to moderate injuries.
The passenger in the BMW was not hit by gunfire and sustained no injuries during the course of events, said Armendariz.
Armendariz said it is possible the shooting was gang related and Modesto Police detectives from the Violent Crime and Gang Units would continue to follow up on leads, interview witnesses and process the crime scene.
The shooter was described as an Hispanic man in his mid-20s, 5'6" tall, weighing 280 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information on this incident was encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type "TIP704" along with your message.