Man shot in west Modesto

A 58-year-old Modesto man was shot and seriously wounded Thursday afternoon after a dispute in front of a west Modesto apartment, police said.

The victim and his 19-year-old son tried to drive to a hospital.

When the victim's condition worsened, they called 911 and dispatchers told them to pull over and wait for an ambulance, said Modesto police Sgt. Craig Gundlach, a police spokesman.

The victim was taken by ambulance to a hospital where he underwent surgery Thursday night. Gundlach said the victim was expected to survive.

Police did not release the victim's name to ensure his safety.

The shooting occurred about 1:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Colorado Avenue, just south of Figaro Avenue and four blocks south of Tuolumne Boulevard.

The circumstances that led to the shooting were unclear to detectives Thursday night. Gundlach said witnesses, including residents who live in the single-story apartments, gave conflicting statements to police.

Detectives did not have a description of the shooter or in which direction he or she fled.

Side window shattered

Gundlach said it was unclear whether the victim was shot while inside a brown Pontiac. The Pontiac was left in the right-turn lane of South Seventh Street at Tuolumne Boulevard. The back driver's-side window was shattered, according to observers.

Police closed the turn lane and placed yellow crime scene tape around the car. An officer in a police patrol unit watched the car for about two hours before a tow truck hauled it away.

Gundlach said it was unclear whether the victim or his son was driving the car.

Firefighters and paramedics treated the man, who was then rushed to a hospital.

Officers and detectives remained at scene for about two hours collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses.

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

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at rahumada@modbee.com or 578-2394.