Teen boy shot in Los Banos alley, dies in hospital

Man tells police he fired at intruder

cpride@losbanosenterprise.comJuly 23, 2013 

— Police are sorting through what led to the shooting death of a 17-year-old boy Saturday night.

Bidal Taito died at a Modesto hospital after being shot in an alley near the 100 block of West K Street at 9:51 p.m. Family members say the boy was shot in the back.

Police said they responded to an emergency call from a male resident in the 100 block of West K Street, who reported someone was attempting to kick in his door. Moments later he told the dispatcher that he had shot the person and needed help.

Taito was taken to Memorial Hospital and later airlifted to a hospital in Modesto. He was later pronounced dead.

Police have not identified the shooter and it is not known if he will face charges. Police also haven't given specifics about where the shooter was when he fired the fatal shots.

"No arrests have been made, but we are working with the (California) Department of Justice while we investigate this case. At this point we have not ruled out any possibilities," Cmdr. Ray Reyna Jr. said.

The victim's family is hoping for more details soon. "They shot my son and threw him away like trash," said his mother, Corina Taito.

She said her son, who had just completed his junior year at Valley Community School (a continuation school), would often take the alley as a shortcut on his way home to the family's West J Street apartment.

Corina Taito, who was not home at the time of the shooting, said that when she arrived at the hospital, she discovered her son was shot in the back. She is unclear about how many times he was struck by bullets. She said police have not provided her with additional information.

Neighbors on the normally quiet residential street heard the shots.

"I heard what sounded like somebody slamming the door of a car, four slams, one right after another," said Pedro Bidondo. "Then I heard three more and that got my attention. Then I saw the cops and realized they were bullets."

Bidondo said he believes if the street had better lighting somebody probably would have seen something.

The family of Bidal Taito, who was nicknamed "Tarzan," has set up a memorial in front of their garage door.

His mother said she moved her family to Los Banos from the Bay Area for a cheaper cost of living, never imagining she would be mourning her son.

"He was a happy-go-lucky kid who was looking forward to graduating next year," she said.

Taito's death is the second shooting death in Los Banos this year.

Los Banos Enterprise Reporter Corey Pride can be reached at (209) 388-6563 or cpride@losbanos enterprise.com.

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