Four suspects held in shooting on Modesto’s McHenry Avenue

etracy@modbee.comMay 21, 2014 

UPDATE: Two of the four suspects detained after a shooting on McHenry Avenue were arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Jail Wednesday night.

Kenneth Lowman, 34, of Modesto, and Alexander Hill, 36, of Salida, were both arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and Lowman also faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of cocaine for sale.

Modesto police are investigating a shooting on McHenry Avenue that took place during rush hour Wednesday.

The shooting happened about 4 p.m. in the parking lot of a business complex on the east side of McHenry, just north of Morris Avenue.

Witnesses reported hearing up to 10 gunshots coming from the parking lot. At the scene, a white Chevrolet Spark was left in the middle of the lot with several windows shattered. Evidence at the scene showed at least two firearms were used in the shooting.

No one appeared to have been injured during the altercation, according to a news release.

Four suspects were found and taken into custody. Witnesses said officers ran after and tackled one suspect who was seen riding out of the lot on a bicycle. A second suspect was found at Graceada Park, investigators said. It’s unclear where the other suspects were located.

The preliminary investigation indicated there had been an ongoing dispute between the two groups. Wednesday, authorities believe they came across each other and exchanged gunfire.

Ruth Gonzales, who was driving north on McHenry at the time of the shooting, said she believes one of the bullets hit her car.

“I heard it go ‘Boom, boom,’ ” she said. “I thought it was coming toward my head and I covered it. I thought, ‘That’s it for me.’ 

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