MODESTO (CBS13) — A Walmart store in Modesto was evacuated Monday night as police searched for a suspects in a shooting outside the store.

Dozens of police officers were on scene with assault rifles and dogs searching the store at 2225 Plaza Parkway. Shots were fired at a car in the parking lot of the store at around 5 p.m.

The manager of a nearby Fresh Choice restaurant said she heard shots fired toward a white Chrysler, which then pulled up to the restaurant. Amanda Moreno said four people were inside the car and the driver asked if her if one of the shooters was inside the restaurant. She said no and was asked if they went toward Walmart and she said yes.

“We see the poor children a few feet away ducking,” Moreno said. “What if they would have got hit? What if it would have went through my window and hit one of my guests?”

Numerous 911 calls were received reporting that several shots were fired after a verbal altercation between two groups.

Before the gun fire started, shopper Jason Dupriest believes he saw the moments that led up to the shooting.

“They were talking a bunch of gang slang back and forth nd pushing and shoving each other,” he said.

Moments later, the shots rang out.

“Pop, pop, pop, pop,” witness Joe Gonzalez said. “Screams. Get down, get out of the way, take cover.”

The first arriving patrol officer arrived minutes later and spotted a white sedan in the parking lot of the store. Callers had identified the car as being associated with the shooting and officers determined that the car had been struck by at least two rounds. The occupants of the vehicle were detained during the investigation and were later released, police said.

Officers received additional information that another associated male fled back into the store as the officers were detaining the occupants of the vehicle mentioned above. Additionally, a second male was seen running into the Kohl’s store just east of the Walmart. A man was located in the Walmart a short time later and was detained without incident. He was found to be in lawful possession of ammunition he had purchased at Walmart. He was released after being questioned by officers.

Officers received reports that two suspects jumped a retaining wall in the shopping center. A helicopter was called in to help with the search but the suspects weren’t found.

The suspects are described as Hispanic males, both in their mid-20s, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall. The first was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black pants. The second suspect was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

Police ask anyone who may have information about the shooting to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636.

Comments (6)
  1. URFULOFIT says:

    Good. Sadly for the suspect, shooting a Walmart customer is just as illegal as shooting a more enlightened person somewhere else. The REAL crime is occurring ISIDE the store. Just ask an employee. People who shop there are idiots who are the same people who lower the quality of life by chosing to “look the other way” and ignore the news articles.

    1. lets have some straight talk says:

      wow. You have used an awful situation to further your cause for shopping at a different store. Have you thought about going into politics? Or perhaps our so called justice system would be pleased to have you work for them.
      How very kind of you.

      1. Hiago says:

        Just so you know. Even though I hate wrmaalt as much as the next person. The seem to have put their 110 film on clearance. Its 2 dollars a roll for Kodak 400 speed. So I’m cleaning out the ones near me. I guess they haven’t sold any in a while and figure it’s a waste. Oh well our gain!! Check your local Walmart if your into 110.

    2. oh please! says:

      As if attempted murder is not a REAL crime. Really? Your name should have the pronoun reversed.

      1. El Kabong says:

        UH, what’s a pronoun?

      2. Kim says:

        Not to stand up for the Evil Empire (aka Wal-Mart), but I have not found any place that will scan 110-sized negs to CD. Anyway, since I have several 110 cmeraa (miniHolga, noname junkstore find, and a Pentax 110 SLR, and a 110 fisheye soon thanks to you pointing out the brooklyn 5 and 10 shop curse you!) and *lots* of 110 film I just decided to process/scan my own. While the processing is a cinch (Freestyle’s Unicolor kit is ultrasimple and very easy), the scanning results so far have been hit and miss, but I’m still working that side of it out.BTW: Your site is great.

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