Police arrested a 15-year-old boy Saturday and were looking for a 20-year-old man suspected of involvement in a shooting in broad daylight Friday that killed a Modesto man near the victim's home in the airport neighborhood.
Investigators believe the slaying is the result of internal fighting among Norteño gang members, police Sgt. Ed Steele said.
Jaime Torres, 31, was taken to Memorial Medical Center, where later he was pronounced dead.
Officers arrested the Modesto teenager about 4 a.m. and booked him on suspicion of murder at Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall, Steele said. Police did not release his name because he is a minor.
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Investigators were looking for Juanmingo Becerra, 20, also of Modesto. Steele said both are believed to have been involved in the shooting, but detectives believe Becerra was the shooter.
Police are asking anyone who knows Becerra's whereabouts to call 911. The gun used in the shooting had not been recovered, and Becerra is considered armed and dangerous, Steele said.
The shooting occurred about 3:30 p.m. at Larkin and Thrasher avenues, three blocks east of South Santa Cruz Avenue and a block north of an elementary school.
Residents said they heard at least three gunshots and ran out to find Torres lying in the middle of the street.
Steele said Torres was shot in the upper body using what appeared to have been a handgun. Police would not say how many gunshot wounds Torres received.
After a police mobile command post arrived, investigators walked along Larkin with flashlights in search of shell casings and bullet holes.
A team of heavily armed Modesto police officers searched several homes and other buildings in the neighborhood, but did not find the gunman.
Investigators worked through the night, gaining information that led them to identify the two suspects.
Steele said internal fighting among street gang members tends to occur when one member has somehow dishonored or ripped off another member.
"It hardly ever leads to this extreme," Steele said about the shooting death. "Usually, it's just a beating."
Modesto police ask anyone who witnessed the shooting or who knows someone who was at Larkin and Thrasher avenues when the shooting occurred to call Detective Mike Hicks at 572-9606.
Bee staff writer Michelle Hatfield contributed to this report. Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at email@example.com or 578-2394.