Modesto man shot to death; wife questioned by police

11/30/2012 6:59 PM

12/01/2012 5:47 AM

A man was shot to death at his west Modesto home early Friday evening, and his wife was being questioned by police.

About 6 p.m., officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 400 block of Boone Way, said police Sgt. Steve Stanfield.

When they arrived, they found the shooting victim, his wife and five children, who one neighbor said range in age from about 7 to 13 years old.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Information on his identity was unavailable.

One of the children, a girl believed to be 10 or 11 years old, was taken to a hospital over a medical issue, but it was not an injury, Stanfield said.

Neighbor Martin Anaya said he heard a dog barking next door. When he went outside, emergency crews and law enforcement were outside the house on the quiet street a few blocks southeast of the intersection of Kansas Avenue and North Carpenter Road.

Anaya said he saw the children out of the house and crying amid a lot of commotion. He said the mom was carrying the children off to the side.

Anaya said he knew the victim.

"He's a laid-back, really quiet person," he said. "Pretty humble. Doesn't drink or nothing. He's a nice guy.

"She, on the other hand, is the opposite. Kind of verbal and loud."

Anaya said he did not hear any gunfire.

Child protective services was called, said Lt. Craig Gundlach, but he didn't know if authorities would take custody of the children. "We don't know if they are going to remain with the female (in question)," he said about 8:30 p.m. Friday. "We really don't know what the circumstances are of the shooting."

Stanfield, too, said he did not know what led to the shooting, whether there was an argument or whether the children were witnesses. As of 9:30 p.m. Friday, they were with their mother at the police station.

Bee Online News Editor Brian Clark can be reached at bclark@modbee.com or (209) 578-2362. Bee staff writer Erin Tracy can be reached at etracy@modbee.com or (209) 578-2366.


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