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Teens shot, 1 'very critical'

Four people remained hospitalized Sunday, two with life-threatening injuries, after two shootings in the Modesto area. The separate incidents were among several around the city that swamped law enforcement into early Sunday.

The first shooting was reported about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The victims were two boys, 16 and 13. The 13-year-old remained in "very critical" condition Sunday.

Monday morning, Modesto police Sgt. Brian Findlen said the boy was still "critical" and that no arrests had been made.

The second happened about 1:30 a.m. Sunday south of Modesto. Two men, both in their 20s, were shot; they were hospitalized, one in critical condition.

According to Findlen, officers responding to a call of shots fired in west Modesto found a 13-year-old and a 16-year-old in a car in the 600 block of Roselawn Avenue. Both had been shot and were taken to local hospitals. The 16-year-old was listed in serious condition, Findlen said, but his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. Their identities were not released.

Investigators believe the two were in a car with other people, driving in the area of Vicksburg Street and Rouse Avenue, when they were shot. Findlen said investigators had not identified any suspects. The only description offered was "two males in dark clothing."

It wasn't clear Sunday how many people were in the car, or why they drove to Roselawn, several blocks away. Findlen said investigators hadn't determined what kind of gun was used.

The second shooting happened behind the Seventh Street auction yard at Pecos Avenue and Main Street, said Stanislaus County sheriff's spokesman Royjindar Singh. Deputies found one victim walking around. The second was in a pickup that caught fire as they approached. They got the man out and an ambulance took both victims to area hospitals. The Sheriff's Department did not release their identities.

A four-door sedan left at the scene is the only clue investigators have, Singh said. Detectives believe the shooting was gang-related.

The shootings were the most serious in a series of incidents police and the Sheriff's Department investigated Saturday night.

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"Obviously, from everything that I saw, there were a lot of people celebrating Cinco de Mayo, and many of them were drinking," Findlen said.

"When you mix (crowds and alcohol), generally speaking, it creates a significant number of calls for service."

Police, helped by the "Avoid the 12" DUI Enforcement Grant, were out in force, making drug busts, breaking up parties in parking lots and monitoring heavy traffic on McHenry Avenue between 9 p.m. Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities also handled the following calls:

A large fight with shots fired at 3 a.m. Sunday near Rouse and Sutter avenues. Police tracked the suspect vehicle to Colorado and Pelton avenues, where they detained six people, arresting two of them. They also found a handgun in the car, Findlen said. Investigators believe one of the men arrested, a 20-year-old, fired it in the 1200 block of Marseille Lane. Nobody was hurt.

At 12:30 a.m. Sunday, an officer spotted a 41-year-old man lying on sidewalk near the F Street gate to the Police Department. The man had suffered a head injury. He told investigators he was at 11th and B streets when a man got out of a truck, chased him and assaulted him. He was able to walk to the Police Department.

Singh and Findlen said there was no indication any of the calls were connected, though investigation continues.

"There was a period of time last night where we were involved in several significant incidents," Findlen said. "Our resources were tested."

Detectives ask anyone with information to call Modesto police at 572-9500 or Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Crime Stoppers tipsters also can e-mail tips through the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.modestopolice.com/ CrimeStoppers, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.

Bee city editor Patty Guerra can be reached at pguerra@modbee.com or 578-2343.

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