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August 9, 2010

Chaz Bettencourt, 8/5/10

Chaz Bettencourt, 21, Riverbank, rode to the mini-mart in his friend's car and they went inside to make their purchases. As they came out of the store, they were confronted by three men. The assailants demanded the friend's car and an altercation ensued. The friend ran back into the store to tell the clerk to call 911, when one or more shots were fired in the parking lot. Bettencourt was hit multiple times, and later died at a Modesto hospital.

Name: Chaz Bettencourt, 21, Riverbank

Synopsis: Chaz Bettencourt, 21, Riverbank, rode to the mini-mart in his friend's car and they went inside to make their purchases. As they came out of the store, they were confronted by three men. The assailants demanded the friend's car and an altercation ensued. The friend ran back into the store to tell the clerk to call 911, when one or more shots were fired in the parking lot. Bettencourt was hit multiple times, and later died at a Modesto hospital.

Motivation: Investigators have not determined specifically the motivation behind the shooting.

Suspects: Three suspects are sought, including Daniel Pantoja, 18, of Riverbank and Turlock Diaz, 14, of Turlock. The third suspect is known, but his name has not been released.

Sheriff's officials ask anyone with information about the incident to call Detective Jon McQueary at 525-7099 or Crime Stoppers at 521-4636.

If you would like to submit photos of this victim or have other information to share, please email crime@modbee.com.

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