Los Banos police investigating two shootings

March 9, 2012 

The Los Banos Police Department is investigating two shootings that occurred Thursday night and Friday morning.

The Thursday shooting, which left a 21-year-old man injured with a gunshot wound to the leg, occurred at 5:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of South Creekside Drive, police said. The victim told officers he was shot after an argument with a group of men driving a tan Honda car with dark rims. The suspects fled the area and the victim was flown to a Modesto hospital in stable condition. The victim's friends were contacted by police, but they weren't helpful in providing a suspect description, police said. No injuries were reported in Friday's shooting, which happened around 5:30 a.m. in an apartment complex in the 1500 block of Canal Farm Lane. Officers arrived at the complex after getting calls about shots fired, and found a green Ford Mustang had been shot numerous times and a large brick had been thrown through the vehicle's windshield. Several bullet casings were found near the vehicle. Police say the car's owner is a documented gang member but wouldn't provide officers with possible suspect information.

Anyone with information on either shooting may call Det. Justin Melden at (209) 827-7070, ext. 114.

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