Identity released of teen victim of fatal Patterson shooting

The 17-year-old Patterson boy who was fatally shot Thursday has been identified as Benito Garcia.

While calls to 911 initially indicated Garcia had accidentally shot himself, another 17-year-old was later arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter.

Patterson Police Services deputies and emergency medical personnel responded to the home in the 100 block of Washburn Street about 12:30 p.m., according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.

They found Garcia with a gunshot wound to his upper body. Lifesaving measures were started but Garcia was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene.

Homicide detectives responded to assist in the death investigation. When deputies initially arrived, they spoke with several people in the home, including a 17-year-old male who was present when Garcia was shot. After detectives conducted their investigation, it was determined the victim’s wounds were not self-inflicted.

The 17-year-old suspect was arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter and being a minor in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The Sheriff’s Department would not release any details about how the shooting occurred or the relationship between the victim and the suspect.

Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to call Detective Kamila Sulkowski at 209-525-7032.

Anonymous tips can be left by calling Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636. Tips also can be emailed at or texted to CRIMES (274637) by typing “Tip704” plus the message; tipsters are eligible for a cash reward.