A fatal shooting between Denair and Hughson remains a mystery, but authorities have identified the victim as a 25-year-old man. And investigators believe there was a second shooting victim, a man who suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.
Steven Elliot Losey died Tuesday at an area emergency room, where he was taken after he was found in a truck at Santa Fe Drive and Berkeley Avenue.
According to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called to the scene about 8:30 p.m. after passersby saw the truck being driven erratically before crashing on the shoulder of the road.
When the bystanders went to help the driver, later identified as Losey, they found he had been shot and called 911. Deputies closed the intersection for several hours while they processed evidence from the scene.
About a half-hour after the initial call, detectives learned that a second victim had gone to a hospital in Merced County with a gunshot wound. Authorities did not identify the second victim but said he is an adult male.
Investigators believe the two are related; they did not say what led them to that conclusion. They do not know the relationship between the injured man and Losey.
Wednesday morning, detectives found what they believe is the crime scene a short distance from where Losey was found. They spent several hours there, processing evidence and talking to witnesses.
Paul Losey of Anchorage, Alaska, said the man who died was his son. He said he got a call from another son telling him what happened to Steven. “He’d have been 26 in four days,” Paul Losey said. Though deputies said Steven Losey was from Riverbank, Paul Losey said his son lived in Modesto.
Paul Losey said his son was an entrepreneur, fitness enthusiast and web designer who had a 1-year-old son on whom the younger Losey doted.
“He was a great kid,” Paul Losey said. “He had a great life ahead of him.
“Now my grandson’s going to grow up without his father.”