Police arrested a 22-year-old man early Tuesday on suspicion of breaking into a home in Modesto's airport neighborhood and shooting two people as they wrestled away a handgun, a department spokesman said.
Modesto police Sgt. Craig Gundlach said the struggle over the gun appeared to be the result of an argument over a romantic relationship between Jonathan Vega of Modesto and a 19-year-old woman, who was shot in the hand.
The woman's 22-year-old brother-in-law was also at the home when Vega broke in, Gundlach said.
The brother-in-law suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach.
Gundlach said both victims were treated and released from a hospital Tuesday.
Their names were not released because the case might be classified as a domestic dispute.
Vega was injured as the two victims wrestled the gun away from him; he was was treated and later booked at Stanislaus County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, making terroristic threats and burglary, Gundlach said.
Vega entered a home to commit a felony, which is considered burglary, according to police.
The shooting occurred shortly after 5 a.m. in the 1300 block of Monterey Avenue.
Gundlach said the woman had returned to live with her husband at the airport neighborhood home. He said it was unclear if the woman's 29-year-old husband was at the home when the struggle over the gun occurred.
Police were first called to the home about 2:45 a.m. after Vega is suspected of having rammed his car into the home's front gate. Police believe Vega left the scene and returned about 5 a.m.
Vega is suspected of entering the home while carrying the handgun and confronting the victims, Gundlach said.
The victims wrestled the gun away and detained Vega for police, but they had already been shot.