Fourth of July brings second fatal shooting in west Modesto

rahumada@modbee.comJuly 5, 2013 

    Rosalio Ahumada
    Title: Courts reporter
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    Bio: Rosalio Ahumada has been a reporter at The Bee for more than seven years, previously covering crime and public safety issues. He also has worked at the Merced Sun-Star, covering education.
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A 21-year-old Modesto woman was shot to death late Thursday in a west Modesto neighborhood around the corner from where a 21-year-old Georgia man was found with a fatal gunshot wound earlier in the day.

On Friday, there was no indication the shooting deaths were related, said Modesto police spokesman Sgt. Rick Applegate.

At 11:58 p.m., emergency dispatchers received several calls reporting gunshots fired near Colorado and Pelton avenues. Applegate said investigators believe there was an argument between two groups that might have led to the shooting.

Officers arrived at the scene and found Teresa Provencio with the fatal gunshot wound. Applegate said Provencio was walking when she was struck by gunfire.

Witnesses told police the gunshots were fired from a light- colored, '90s model compact car. Detectives were seeking other witnesses with information about the shooting.

Detectives were looking into the possibility of gang involvement in the shooting, but Applegate said it was too early in the investigation to determine the motive. There was no suspect description.

The other shooting was reported about 2:10 p.m. Thursday in the 1200 block of Figaro Avenue. But investigators believe the shooting occurred somewhere along Robertson Road, a few blocks southwest of where the victim was found.

Ricardo Cobb was found slumped over in the passenger seat of a four-door car parked in a garbage-strewn yard on Figaro Avenue between Leon and Colorado avenues, said Stanislaus County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Anthony Bejaran. Cobb, a Georgia resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sheriff's detectives worked throughout the afternoon, interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence at the crime scene. The detectives did not have any suspect information.

Bejaran said Cobb was a passenger in the car when he and the driver were shot at while traveling down Robertson Road. It was unclear to investigators how many shots were fired and from which direction the gunfire came from.

The driver and Cobb continued until they reached the Figaro Avenue home, where someone called 911. Bejaran said the detectives checked several areas along Robertson Road but did not find the shooting scene.

Modesto police investigators ask that anyone with information about Provencio's death call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters also can email tips through the Crime Stoppers website,, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus a message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.

Sheriff's officials ask that anyone with information about Cobb's death call Detective Darwin Hatfield at (209) 525-7100 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at or (209) 578-2394. Follow him on Twitter @ModBeeCourts.

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