Two men were arrested early today after apparently firing a gun from their car, then trying to run from police near Riverside Park in east Modesto.
As they ran from police, at least one of the suspects attempted a carjacking, authorities said.
At about 1 a.m., Modesto police officers were in the area of Encina Avenue and Trask Lane investigating a collision when they heard shots fired, according to Sgt. Brian Findlen.
Officers spotted a red Dodge Neon going south on North Riverside Drive near Encina and, believing the car was tied to the shooting, tried to stop it. The suspects kept driving, and a short pursuit followed.
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The driver of the Neon, Rudy Carlos Lopez, 22, of Modesto, lost control of the car in a construction zone near Yosemite Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue. Lopez and a second suspect, Juan Miguelo Trujillo, 22, of Modesto, ran from the car.
Lopez ran to another nearby car, occupied by two women, and tried to open the door, but failed. Police arrested him a short time later in the 2900 block of Yosemite.
A resident of the Redwood apartments at Lincoln and Yosemite reported seeing a man running through the complex with a firearm just after the attempted carjacking. A search with a police dog led officers to Trujillo, hiding on top of a shed in the 1900 block of Sugarpine Avenue, Findlen said.
Lopez and Trujillo were arrested on charges of negligent discharge of a firearm, evading police, attempted carjacking, participation in a criminal street gang, and parole violations.
Police could not find a victim of a shooting; however additional charges could result if it is found that gunfire hit a residence.