A 24-year-old man suffered injuries that were not life-threatening when he was shot in the abdomen Tuesday afternoon near Coleman F. Brown Elementary School on Vera Cruz Drive.
An employee at the school heard the gunfire and officials made the decision to lock down the school, said Modesto police spokeswoman Heather Graves.
Across from the school, officers found a handgun and knife behind a fence at an apartment complex.
Farther south, they found clothing stashed in bushes at the complex.
The man who was shot had been found just south of those bushes near Celeste Drive.
Graves said the shooting occurred about a quarter mile from there in the 1300 block of Ensenada Drive, but the 24-year-old ran from the scene. Witnesses reported seeing people running in different directions.
Officers believe the gun, knife and clothing belong to the man who was shot, though it’s unclear how he got shot.
He is not cooperating with officers, Graves said.