Authorities have made no arrests in a shooting that seriously injured two men early Sunday, a sheriff's spokesman said.
The shooting happened about 2:30 a.m. near taco trucks in the 1600 block of Crows Landing Road.
The father of one victim said his son was an "innocent bystander." Scott Hannum said his son, a 31-year-old Modesto resident, stopped at a taco truck to get something to eat after work. He was shot in the chest, Hannum said.
"They were at the wrong place at the wrong time," said Hannum. He said his son didn't know the other victim.
Authorities did not release either victim's name.
Sheriff's deputies said they believe the shooting is gang-related. Hannum said his son, the father of two daughters, isn't involved in gangs.
Sheriff's Capt. Tim Beck said he couldn't comment on why authorities believe the violence was linked to gangs.
"Just because law enforcement calls it a gang-related incident doesn't mean that everyone involved is a gang member," Beck said.
Sheriff's deputies are looking for a bald Latino man in his 20s or 30s with a mustache. He was last seen in a white Cadillac Escalade.
Authorities ask anyone with information about the shooting to call Detective Ken Hedrick at 525-7083 or Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters can e-mail tips through the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.modestopolice. com/CrimeStoppers, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing Tip704 and a message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.
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