Police investigators on Wednesday released photos of a car they believe was involved in a drive-by shooting that killed 5-year-old Xavier Smith and wounded a 6-year-old boy in east Modesto.
Homicide detectives asked the public to help identify the owner and occupants in the car photographed by a security camera. They also are seeking additional witnesses. Police described the suspect car as a gray or silver sedan.
The detectives believe they have determined the motive for the deadly shooting, according to a Modesto police news release. But they declined to disclose any details about the motive, fearing it could harm their investigation.
The boys appeared to have been among a couple of groups of people standing outside a home at about 9:45 p.m. Oct. 28 when gunfire erupted in the 1400 block of Lake Park Court, south of Briggsmore Avenue and just east of Lakewood Avenue.
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Witnesses in the area told police the 6-year-old boy's family had taken the child to a local hospital. Police said investigators later determined the boy suffered injuries in the shooting that were not life-threatening.
Police officials ask anyone who recognizes the car or has information about the deadly shooting to call Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.