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Modesto man shot at repair shops

A Modesto man was shot and seriously injured Thursday morning in front of auto repair businesses on Crows Landing Road just east of Highway 99.

The man was listed in serious condition at a local hospital Thursday evening, said deputy Tom Letras, a Stanislaus County sheriff's spokesman. He said if the victim's condition improved, detectives would speak to him to get more information about the shooting.

Letras said the man is believed to be new to this country and is in his mid-20s. Sheriff's officials were trying to confirm his identity.

The shooting occurred in the driveway of several auto shop businesses that are in the same property between Blankenburg Avenue and the exit ramp from Highway 99 just south of Modesto.

Dispatchers received reports of shots being fired in the area. Letras said deputies found the injured man, who was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Multiple shots were fired, but Letras said investigators did not know what led to the shooting or why the shooting occurred in front of the auto repair shops.

He said investigators did not know whether the victim worked at one of the repair shops, was a customer or was passing through.

Several employees and customers said they didn't know the victim or how the shooting occurred.

Letras said the shooters are described as three Latinos; one is believed to be in his late 40s and the others are believed to be in their mid-20s. He said they fled in a navy-blue Volkswagen Jetta, possibly an early-2000s model.

Sheriff's officials searched a mobile home park south of the shooting, believing the shooters had fled through the area.

Sheriff's officials ask anyone with information about this shooting to call Detective Frank Soria at 525-7080 or Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters also can e-mail tips through the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.modestopolice.com/ CrimeStoppers, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at rahumada@modbee.com or 578-2394.

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