Modesto shooting victim dies; suspect jailed

A 33-year-old man shot early Sunday in Modesto's airport neighborhood died Wednesday and detectives have arrested a suspect, a police spokesman said Thursday.

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 he was shot and the motive in the shooting.

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, a few blocks from the shooting.

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

On Wednesday afternoon, police found Garza walking near Dallas Street and Glenn Avenue, a few blocks west of the motel. Garza was taken into custody.

"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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