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CERES TEEN SHOT: An 18-year-old Ceres man was shot Thursday afternoon while sitting with his friends in a parked car at Fairview Neighborhood Park in south Modesto, a Stanislaus County sheriff's spokesman said. The victim's wounds, which were in his arms, were not life-threatening. He was taken by ambulance to a Modesto hospital, where he was treated and later released, said deputy Royjindar Singh. Officials did not release the victim's name to ensure his safety. The shooting occurred shortly after 2 p.m. as the victim and two friends sat in a car at the park near Tucson and West Whitmore avenues, Singh said. Two unknown men walked by the car and stared in an intimidating manner at the victim and his friends before one of the suspects fired several shots into the back seat of the car, Singh said. The shots shattered the driver's side rear passenger window and struck the victim. The victim and his friends, all from Ceres, left the park in the car in search of a hospital, but they realized they didn't know where to find one, Singh said. They knew someone who worked at a business in the Save Mart shopping center on Paradise Road in west Modesto, so they parked the car there and called 911. The victim could not provide investigators a specific description of the gunman, Singh said.

BOY ROBBED, STABBED: A 17-year-old Modestan was attacked, robbed of his cell phone and stabbed in the back as he walked near Mellis Park in west Modesto, a Modesto police spokesman said. The victim suffered cuts and bruises, along with the stab wound, and was treated at a Modesto hospital, said Sgt. Craig Gundlach. The victim's injuries were not life-threatening. Officials did not release the victim's name to ensure his safety. Police suspect the attack is gang-related, but the victim did not appear to be associated with any gangs, Gundlach said. The victim was wearing a red shirt, which is a color used by the Norteño street gang. Two of the three attackers were wearing blue clothes, a color used by the Sureño street gang, and they left the scene shouting what appeared to be street gang lingo, Gundlach said. About 1:15 p.m., the victim was walking and carrying his skateboard near the park when he saw three males approaching him from the opposite direction. Gundlach said the attackers shouted at the victim before one suspect hit the victim in the face. The victim fell down and the attackers began kicking and punching him. They stopped and asked the victim for any valuables. The victim handed over the phone before one of the suspects stabbed him in the back, Gundlach said. Modesto police ask anyone with information about this attack to call CrimeStoppers at 521-4636. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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