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Police release name of 21-year-old fatally shot at Modesto park

Modesto police describe fatal shooting at Ustach Park

Sgt. Chris Adams of the Modesto Police Department briefs reporters on a fatal shooting that took the life of a 21-year-old man in northeast Modesto.
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Sgt. Chris Adams of the Modesto Police Department briefs reporters on a fatal shooting that took the life of a 21-year-old man in northeast Modesto.

The 21-year-old man shot and killed at Ustach Park in northeast Modesto on Tuesday night has been identified by police as Cody Lea, a Modesto resident.

Lea was a 2014 graduate of Enochs High School.

The shooting occurred shortly before 8:40 p.m. Police were called to Hillglen Avenue just west of Bear Cub Lane on a report that a male had been shot in the back.

When officers arrived, they found Lea unconscious in the street with people performing CPR on the victim. The people initially were identified as witnesses, but Police Department spokesman Sgt. Chris Adams said Wednesday morning they were passers-by who came across Lea after the shooting. "We're still trying to gather if there were any witnesses to the actual incident," Adams said.

Emergency crews and law enforcement officers took over the lifesaving measures before Lea was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later was pronounced dead.

A man was shot at Ustach Park in northeast Modesto California on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

The department's crime scene truck arrived at about 10:30 p.m., and was there through the night.

A few people who lived nearby said they didn't hear anything until the sirens began flooding the area.

Adams said there was no information on what led up to the shooting. There were early reports that it took place at the basketball courts on the north end of the park. But Adams said when officers arrived, Lea was in the street.

Red and yellow crime scene tape had cordoned off most of the the park, which serves residents west of Roselle Avenue and north of Floyd Avenue. It sits next to Ustach Middle School.

Hillglen was shut down at Bear Cub Lane at the northeast corner of the park. This is the third homicide being investigated by Modesto police since Oct. 28.

Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to to call Modesto police at 209-572-9500 or Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

To see the 2017 Stanislaus County Homicide Map, click here.



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