Two men were arrested early Thursday after apparently firing a gun from their car, then trying to run from police near Riverside Park in east Modesto, police said.
As they ran from police, at least one of the suspects attempted a carjacking, authorities said.
About 1 a.m., officers were in the area of Encina Avenue and Trask Lane investigating an accident when they heard shots fired, said Sgt. Brian Findlen in a news release.
Officers spotted a red Dodge Neon driving south on North Riverside Drive near Encina and, believing the car was tied to the gunfire, tried to stop it. The car kept driving and a short pursuit followed.
The driver, Rudy Carlos Lopez, 22, of Modesto, lost control of the car in a construction zone near Yosemite Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue, police said. Lopez and the second suspect, Juan Miguelo Trujillo, 22, of Modesto, ran from the car.
Lopez ran to a nearby car with two women in it and tried to open the door, police said. Officers 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, police said.
A search with a police dog led officers to Trujillo, who was found hiding on top of a shed in the 1900 block of Sugarpine Way, Findlen said.
Lopez and Trujillo were arrested on suspicion 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.