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Update: Man, woman are critically wounded at ‘packed’ Modesto nightclub, police say

Three people shot at Modesto’s Tilted Turtle nightclub during rap show

Three people were shot – two critically injured – at a rap show at the Tilted Turtle Bar & Grill in Modesto, CA, on Sunday, April 21, 2019.
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Three people were shot – two critically injured – at a rap show at the Tilted Turtle Bar & Grill in Modesto, CA, on Sunday, April 21, 2019.

A man and a woman in their 20s suffered critical injuries in a shooting early Sunday at a Modesto nightclub, police said in a late-afternoon update.

No suspect information is available in the shooting, reported at 12:34 a.m. at the Tilted Turtle Bar & Grill at 710 N. Ninth St., north of Coldwell Avenue.

The unidentified victims include a 25-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man, spokeswoman Sharon Bear of the Modesto Police Department said in a Facebook post. They were taken by ambulance for treatment of critical injuries, she said.

A third person had lesser injuries and went by private vehicle to a hospital, Bear said.

The initial report had no details on the victims’ ages or genders.

“The bar had a scheduled event with numerous performers and a packed house,” Bear said.

According to a flier, there was a “420 Music Festival” scheduled. Purported video from the scene shows a crowd of at least 100 people gathered at the establishment listening to a rapper when five shots went off. Chaos ensued.

A witness outside of the bar at the time of the shooting reported hearing shots outside as several people began running, hopping over fences and fleeing the scene. Several vehicles sped away as officers began blanketing the area.

Among those scheduled to play were hip-hop rap artist 3rd World Lil Blood. It was not immediately known which rapper or group was performing at the time of the shooting.

Also on the flier scheduled to perform were Young Chop and Oakland-based Ally Cocaine.

A license to serve alcohol at the Tilted Turtle is held by Marianne Magana, the website of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control shows. The agency reported no disciplinary actions. The business also has event and caterer permits from the ABC.

No one answered a knock at the nightclub door Sunday afternoon, and there was no answer at a phone number associated with it.

Anonymous tips about the shooting can be made through Crime Stoppers, 209-521-4636.

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