Man shot in Modesto over the weekend has died

A 33-year-old man critically injured early Sunday in a shooting in Modesto's airport neighborhood died Wednesday evening and detectives arrested a man suspected in his death, a police spokesman said today.

Rene Luna Navarro of Modesto died about 5 p.m. Wednesday at a Modesto hospital, said police Sgt. Brian Findlen.

Detectives arrested 21-year-old Modesto resident David Garza on suspicion of murder and using a firearm to commit a felony, Findlen said.

Garza was booked at the Stanislaus County Jail, where he was being held without bail.

Findlen said detectives are looking into whether the shooting was gang-related.

When asked whether police had recovered the gun used in the shooting, Findlen said detectives were not releasing some details for fear of harming the investigation.

Police also declined to say how many bullets hit Navarro, where on his body was he shot and the shooting motive.

The shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the 600 block of Thrasher Avenue between Oregon Drive and Larkin Avenue. Findlen said Navarro was shot as he stood in front of his home.

Homicide detectives followed up on leads and conducted interviews leading them to Garza.

On Wednesday morning, detectives and the police Street Crimes Unit served a search warrant at Garza's home in the 1700 block of Connie Way, just a few blocks from where the shooting occurred.

Findlen said Garza was not home, but detectives learned he might be staying at the Oak Motel in the 1900 block of Crowslanding Road in south Modesto.

On Wednesday afternoon, police found Garza walking near Dallas Street and Glenn Avenues, a few blocks west of the motel. Garza was taken into custody without incident.

The detectives believe Garza was responsible for Navarro's death, but Findlen declined to comment further when asked whether Garza shot Navarro.

"We don't anticipate any other arrests," Findlen said.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at or 578-2394.

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