An 18-year-old old man was killed Thursday night in a drive-by shooting across the street from Cunningham Elementary School in Turlock.
Johnny Wilson was among several people standing in the front yard of a home across the street from the school just before 9 p.m. when the shooting occurred, according to Sgt. Russ Holeman.
The other people with Wilson told police the suspect or suspects arrived in an unknown type of vehicle and fired multiple shots at them before fleeing the scene.
Despite a quick response from police and paramedics, Wilson died at the scene.
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Wilson’s girlfriend, Madison Eileen Allen, said he was “A bright person who never wanted to see anyone upset.”
She said he would joke until he could get people to smile. “He was just an incredible person,” Allen said. “He was taken too soon.”
Allen said she and Wilson met at Oakdale Junior High School and became best friends in high school then started dating.
She said Wilson moved to Turlock with his mother his junior year and graduated from Fusion Charter school, which is next door to where the shooting occurred.
Allen said the shooting was at a family member’s house.
Holeman said a motive has not yet been determined.
Anyone with information regarding this homicide is encouraged to call Detective Frank Navarro 209-664-7319. You can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at 209-668-5550 extension 6780 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Go Fund Me page has been established to support the Wilson’s family at www.gofundme.com/johnny-wilson-memorial.