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August 17, 2013

Shooting leaves man critical in Modesto

Man shot, police seek 2 persons for interest for questioning

Modesto police want to talk to two people regarding a shooting early Saturday at the Comfort Inn near Highway 99 that left a man in critical condition.

The man, who is in his late 40s, was shot once in the thigh, Lt. Jolene Gonzales said. He is in a Modesto hospital, and is expected to recover. Citing the man’s safety, Gonzales declined to release his name; his city of residence was not available.

Gonzales said the shooting occurred about 4:30 a.m. at the Comfort Inn, 2025 W. Orangeburg Ave. The man said he was robbed, but Gonzales said police have not been able to verify that. For instance, the man said his wallet was taken, but officers found the wallet, and nothing appeared to be missing.

Gonzales said the man is cooperating with police.

She said officers have identified two people they want to question: a black man in his mid-30s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds; and a white woman in her mid 40s, medium build and with blond hair that reaches her mid-back.

Gonzales said the two are not suspects but persons of interest.

To safeguard the investigation, she declined to say whether the man who was shot was a guest at the hotel or to provide other details, such as whether a gun was recovered. She did say the man was “inside the hotel” when he was shot.

A front desk clerk said Saturday afternoon that she and the other employees on duty did not know anything about the shooting because they started work at 9 a.m.

Police ask anyone who may have information regarding this shooting to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636.

Bee staff writer Kevin Valine can be reached at or (209) 578-2316.


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