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MODESTO, Calif. - Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man in Modesto on Thursday.

Modesto Police Department Lieutenant Rick Armendariz said officers were dispatched to the 2400 block of Vera Cruz Dr. in northeast Modesto around 8:38 p.m. in response to the shooting. Upon arrival, the officers located the man suffering from several gunshot wounds. Police immediately began CPR until paramedics arrived and transported the man to a nearby hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Preliminary findings in the ensuing investigation revealed the shooting appeared to be gang related and stemmed from an argument between the man and a group of individuals, said Armendariz.

According to Armendariz, detectives learned the deceased was walking along the 2400 block of Vera Cruz Dr. when he was confronted by a group of men and women in separate vehicles. The group got out of their cars and got into a verbal altercation with the man, which soon turned physical. At some point during the assault, an individual in the group shot the man several times, and then the group returned to their vehicles and fled the scene.

While officers were at the scene of the shooting, Modesto police received a call of a 17-year-old girl who had arrived at an area hospital with critical stab wounds. Officers responded and spoke with several of the girl's friends who had brought her to the hospital.

Investigators believe the two incidents are connected and are working to determine how the stabbing occurred, said Armendariz.

Homicide and gang investigators were continuing to follow up on leads, process the evidence from the shooting and interview witnesses, but no arrests were made as of Friday afternoon, Armendariz said.

"Because we have several individuals involved who are gang members or gang-affiliated, it makes this case challenging to work through. It will take some time, but we are confident we will come to a resolution," said Investigative Services Sergeant Ivan Valencia. "We know what happened, which is that a male was shot and a female was stabbed. Our job now is to gather the evidence which should tell us how it occurred, why it occurred, and who should be held criminally culpable."

Anyone with information was encouraged to call Detective Robert Gumm at (209) 342-9162 or 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.

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