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Gunfire erupts by Fat Cat

A gunman fired several shots at security guards in front of the Fat Cat nightclub early Wednesday after the guards broke up a fight between two groups as the downtown Modesto business was closing, police said.

No one was hit and no injuries were reported in the shooting, about 2 a.m. at 930 11th St.

Police said the security guards broke up the fight just outside the Fat Cat and the two groups began to leave.

Three unidentified men who were involved in the fight, went to a pickup in the parking garage across the street, Sgt. Craig Gundlach said.

Police described the pickup as a newer model Ford quad-cab, black or gray with a tan pinstripe down the side.

One of the men grabbed a handgun from the truck and fired a shot into the air, Gundlach said.

He said an armed security guard from the Fat Cat drew his weapon, but did not fire. The three men got into the truck and drove away.

From I Street, a man pointed the gun out of the pickup's window and fired several shots in the direction of the Fat Cat, police said.

Officers found bullet holes and bullet fragments in wooden benches on the north side of IStreet, just west of 11th Street.

Police believe a bullet broke a window at Aladdin Bail Bonds, which is next to the Fat Cat.

The 13th annual Tresetti's Fat Tuesday street party was held in the same area earlier that night, which drew many more people than usual downtown. The event closes off 11th Street between J and I streets, but police said the shooting was not related.

"The Fat Tuesday event was over at midnight," Gundlach said. "This did not have any relation to that event."

Police ask anyone with information about this shooting to call Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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