Investigators say a shooting that killed two people late Saturday near Waterford might have been gang related, because the suspect and the man who was shot are believed to have gang associations.
Corrine Winter, 33, of Modesto and Jose Antonio Leon, 34, of Ceres were killed outside El Rincon bar, said deputy Royjindar Singh, a Stanislaus County sheriff’s spokesman. He said the two victims were friends.
Alejandro Naranjo, 20, was arrested on two counts of murder and one count of attempted carjacking in connection with the shooting. He was being held without bail Monday at the Stanislaus County Jail.
Naranjo is suspected of trying to steal a vehicle belonging to one of the victims, but it’s unclear whether the shooting was the result of a botched carjacking.
Detectives declined to release any further information about the circumstances that might have led to the shooting, including whether an attempted carjacking occurred before Winter and Leon were shot. Singh said detectives did not want to reveal any other details, because investigators still were questioning possible witnesses.
Singh said detectives were trying to determine whether anyone else was involved in the shooting but had not identified any people of interest or additional suspects.
The shooting occurred about 11:30 p.m. Saturday outside the bar at 10012 Yosemite Blvd., about two miles west of Waterford. Winter and Leon were pronounced dead at the scene.
About 8 a.m. Sunday, Naranjo was arrested at his home in the 400 block of North Martin Luther King Drive in west Modesto. A sheriff’s spokesman said he was taken into custody without incident.
Custody records indicate Naranjo is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday, but prosecutors had not formally charged him and his arraignment had not been scheduled as of Monday morning.
Sheriff’s officials ask anyone with information about the shooting to call Detective Frank Soria at (209) 525-7080 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can email through the Crime Stoppers website, www.stancrimetips.org, 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.