Crime

December 14, 2012

Modesto police arrest suspects in market shooting

Two teenagers were arrested on Friday for their suspected involvement in what detectives are calling a gang-related shooting outside a Modesto market earlier this month.

Two teenagers were arrested Friday for their suspected involvement in what detectives are calling a gang-related shooting outside a Modesto market early this month.

Rudy Luna, 18, and a 17-year-old boy were taken into custody 10 days after another suspect in the shooting, Socorro Acosta, 19, was arrested while attending a court hearing on an unrelated matter.

On Dec. 1, officers with the Modesto Police Department were called to Alex and Son's Market at 515 Martin Luther King Drive on a report of a shooting.

When they arrived, they found a 19-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound. A bystander, a 40-year-old man, also was struck. The suspects had fled by the time officers arrived.

The 19-year-old, with critical wounds, remains in a Modesto hospital in stable condition. The bystander was treated and later released.

When officers questioned the 19-year-old victim, he was uncooperative and told officers he fell while riding his bicycle. Officers found several gun shell casings inside and outside the market.

Later in the investigation, detectives determined the three suspects are believed to be members of a Norteño criminal street gang and the victim a member of a Sureño criminal street gang.

If you have any information regarding this incident, call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type "TIP704" plus a message.

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