Police continue search for Turlock restaurant shooting suspect

local@modbee.comNovember 6, 2012 

— Police say they're still looking for the man who shot another man at a Turlock restaurant Sunday, and investigators believe he may have been involved in two subsequent shooting incidents.

Police were called to Los Gallos Restaurant at 811 E. Hawkeye Ave. about 10:40 p.m. Sunday on a report of shots fired.

When they arrived, they found a man who had been shot in the leg, according to police Sgt. Stephen Webb.

Witnesses told police that a man entered the restaurant and got into an argument with two men, who are brothers. A fight ensued and, at some point, Webb said, the man was hit with a bottle.

The man, according to witnesses, then opened fire in the restaurant, striking one of the brothers. The other brother ran out of the restaurant and the gunman gave chase, firing several rounds into the parking lot. He then fled the scene.

Webb said police know the suspected gunman's identity, but an arrest has not been made. Tuesday, Webb said investigators believe the same man could be responsible for two subsequent shooting incidents early Monday, one at a house on South Johnson Road in Turlock and one at a home on a county island on South First Street.

Webb said nobody was hit in the later Turlock shooting, "but we did find shell casings." Both homes are occupied by people who had been in the restaurant when the first shooting occurred.

Webb said investigators believe the shooting was not gang-related. "I believe they had an ongoing issue," Webb said. He could not elaborate on the nature of the problems between the men.

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