2 shootings in one week baffle police

By Corey Pride / Cpride@losbanosenterprise.comNovember 3, 2012 

Two separate shootings two days and three miles apart last week on the east side of town left two teens injured.

A houseful of people at the second shooting miraculously survived injury, according to police.

Police said they are unsure if the two incidents are related.

During the first shooting on Oct. 25, two teens were shot in the legs after an argument, police said.

The Los Banos Police Department responded to the 1300 block of East Pacheco Boulevard after receiving reports of shots fired at 7:46 p.m.

Police were informed that two males, 17 and 18, had been taken to Memorial Hospital Los Banos to be treated for their injuries.

Officers spoke with witnesses who reported seeing three Hispanic males arguing with the victims before the shooting. The suspects left the area in an unknown direction and have not been located.

The 17-year-old victim was transported to a Modesto area hospital, where he is reportedly in stable condition. The 18-year-old victim has been released and is recovering from injuries.

Police said they are unsure if this incident is gang-related.

In the second incident, police responded to the 1400 Block of San Simeone Way regarding shots being fired into a residence at 2:18 a.m.

Police found that several shots had been fired into vehicles and the residence where the cars were parked.

No injuries were reported despite people being inside the home.

"We are looking at all the facts, but at this point we are not sure if this incident was gang-motivated or related to the shooting on Pacheco Boulevard," said Cmdr. Ray Reyna Jr.

Anyone with information regarding either incident is asked to contact Detective Anthony Parker at (209) 827-7070, ext. 117.

To leave an anonymous crime tip, call (209) 827-7070, ext. 288. If you have access to a computer and the Internet, you can also leave an anonymous tip at the Police Department's webpage at www.losbanos.org.

At the bottom of the "Contact" page, simply click on the "report graffiti and other crime" link.

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