Police confirm ID of one of two Modesto shooting victims

July 21, 2009 

Authorities this afternoon released the name of one of two people who were killed in a early Monday shooting in west Modesto, while coroner officials worked to confirm the identity of the second fatal victim.

Nhia Yang, 27, of Modesto, was one of two people pronounced dead at the scene, said Sgt. Brian Findlen, a Modesto police spokesman.

It confirmed what The Bee had reported Monday night.

Public records show Yang lived at the home where the shooting occurred, but police would not confirm that. When a Bee reporter knocked on the home’s front door this afternoon, nobody answered. Attempts to reach Yang’s family by phone also were unsuccessful.

As of this evening, Stanislaus County coroner officials had not confirmed the identity of the woman who also was shot and killed at the home in the 1700 block of Radley Place in Modesto.

Findlen said authorities will release her name, age and city of residence as soon as they can confirm her identity.

A 21-year-old man shot and injured in Monday's attack remained hospitalized Tuesday afternoon, where he was listed in serious condition with nonlife-threatening injuries. Police did not release his name or city of residence.

Officers arrested Tou Vang Xiong, 25, of Atwater, on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and using a firearm to commit a homicide. He was being held Tuesday evening at Stanislaus County Jail without bail and was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

Police did not release Xiong's photo because it may be used in photo lineups.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at rahumada@modbee.com or 578-2394.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to call the Modesto Police Department at (209) 572-9500. Tipsters can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can also text information to by sending a text message to 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.

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