MODESTO (CBS13) – A gang rivalry appears to be the cause of a Modesto shooting that occurred earlier this month.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, just before 8 p.m. Modesto police officers responded to a shooting at Alex & Son’s Market located at 515 Martin Luther King Drive.
Officers discovered a 19-year-old male suffering from gunshot wounds inside the market. A second victim, a 40-year-old male, was struck by a stray bullet during the shooting. However, he was treated for his injuries and later released.
Initially, police say the 19-year-old was uncooperative and told officers he fell while riding his bicycle.
Following an investigation, detectives learned the shooting was the result of a conflict between the victim and another group. Detectives believe the parties involved are rival gang members.
On Dec. 4, detectives identified 19-year-old Socorro Acosta as a suspect. He was arrested at the Stanislaus County Courthouse, while attending an unrelated court hearing.
Further investigation led detectives to arrest 18-year-old Rudy Luna and a 17-year-old male juvenile on Friday.
The three suspects are believed to be members of a Norteño street gang, while the 19-year-old victim is believed to be a member of a rivial Sureño street gang.
The 19-year-old remains in critical but stable condition at a Modesto hospital.
The three suspects were booked into the Stanislaus County jail for attempted murder and gang-related crimes.
Investigators are still looking to speak to anyone who may have any information on this shooting.
If you have any information regarding this incident please call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.