Shots fired at car carrying mom, son in Modesto; three arrested

jnsbranti@modbee.comJanuary 1, 2014 

— A mother and son were shot at while driving down Reseda Lane before dawn Wednesday, and Modesto police arrested three men after an extended standoff there.

Johnny Martinez, 25, of Modesto was arrested on three counts of attempted homicide.

Derrick McConnell, 23, of Modesto was arrested on charges of battery resulting in a serious bodily injury.

Nicholas Rubalcava, 24, of Modesto was booked on public intoxication charges.

There apparently had been a New Year’s Eve party at the home in the 1900 block of Reseda Lane, and police said McConnell assaulted a man during the gathering.

The victim – whom police have not identified – is believed to have left the gathering, then returned to the home in a vehicle with his mother. Police say shots were fired at the pair as they were driving by the home about 5:34 a.m., but they were not hit.

Police were called, and officers confirmed that the vehicle had been struck by gunfire.

Officers contacted Martinez and Rubalcava outside the house. Police said Martinez, who matched witnesses’ description of the shooter, fled into the residence and would not come out. So, the department’s SWAT team was called in.

After surrounding the home and making repeated announcements to coax the occupants to come out, police said, Martinez and McConnell surrendered about 9 a.m.

A search warrant was served, and police reported finding several firearms inside the house, including one that had been reported stolen.

The shooting continues to be investigated, and anyone with information about it is asked to contact the Modesto Police Department at (209) 572-9500 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.

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