A 17-year-old validated Norteno gang member was arrested by Oakdale Police following a shooting at a large party on Post Road, where two men were shot early Sunday morning. This makes the second gang-related shooting in a month since the November night Abel Calderon and Ruben Mora were gunned down in front of the Oakdale Market.
Oakdale Police Sergeant Brian Shimmel said police responded to a large fight that broke out at a “rave party” held at a warehouse in the 1200 block of Post Road around 1:50 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16.
While responding, police learned that shots were fired during the fight and party attendees were possibly injured. A vehicle with the suspect was reported fleeing the scene.
When police arrived at the facility, two males were discovered shot, each with multiple gunshot wounds.
Shimmel said both shooting victims were transported to local hospitals where one of the subjects, a 29-year-old Manteca man, had to be air-lifted to Doctors Hospital in Modesto due to the extent of his injuries.
While responding to the scene, Oakdale Police Officer Rocky Anderson observed a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description and, with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol, conducted a high-risk stop of the car on Hi-Tech Parkway.
A 17-year-old male was arrested and a .22 caliber pistol believed to be the gun used in the crime was recovered inside the vehicle. The gun was reported stolen by an outside police agency.
Shimmel said the juvenile suspect was booked in Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall on Sunday for two counts of attempted murder, possession of stolen property, and gang and firearm usage enhancements.
“He meets the requirements of the Oakdale Police Department for gang validation and has for some time,” Shimmel said about the suspect.
Oakdale Police Detective Max Messina said the investigation revealed that the two victims were working as security at the party and were shutting it down after several fights had broken out. In the process, one of the victims got into a physical altercation with the suspect before getting shot three times in the abdomen area. The other victim, a 29-year-old Modesto man, was shot twice.
“We’re still trying to figure out how the other victim was involved or got shot in the process,” said Messina, who added that both victims have been heavily sedated due to their gunshot wounds and had not yet provided detailed statements.
During the course of the investigation, police recovered a cell phone video taken of the incident.
Messina said there were over 250 subjects at the party when the shooting occurred and police were still interviewing witnesses.