Man shot in head in west Modesto is able to describe carjacking, police say

A man suffered a gunshot to the head during a carjacking Monday night in west Modesto, but the wound is not life-threatening, police said.

The unidentified victim was shot at about 8 p.m. in a parking lot on the 600 block of Sutter Avenue, Sgt. Eric Schuller of the Modesto Police Department said by phone. The victim was able to tell officers that three males stole his vehicle, a 2002 black Chevrolet Tahoe SUV, and left in an unknown direction.

The victim, who was parked, had stepped out of the vehicle for a moment, MPD spokeswoman Sharon Bear said Tuesday morning. As he was attempting to get back in, the three grabbed him. One of the males brandished a gun, then fired it, Bear said. The bullet wound was superficial, grazing the victim’s head.

A female was in the Tahoe at the time of the attack but was able to get out before the three carjackers fled in it.

The victim was in stable condition at a local hospital Monday night. He told police the attackers were in their teens or early 20s, but further suspect information was not available.

As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, the vehicle had not been located. Anyone who has information on the carjacking is urged to contact Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tips also can be submitted via

John Holland covers breaking news and has been with The Modesto Bee since 2000. He has covered agriculture for the Bee and at newspapers in Sonora and Visalia. He was born and raised in San Francisco and has a journalism degree from UC Berkeley.