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Three arrests in fatal south Modesto shooting

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department arrested three suspects in a Wednesday fatal drive-by shooting in south Modesto.

The Sheriff's Department identified the victim as Alberto Schopp, a 23-year-old Modesto resident.

Detectives are calling the shooting gang-related, but a department spokesman did not have details.

"I don't know who is a gang member or who is not a gang member, but because of the gang element (in the shooting) we are calling this gang-related," sheriff's Capt. Tim Beck said Thursday.

Schopp was shot in the 600 block of Broadway Avenue about 6:11 p.m. Deputies found his body in the street next to the open driver's door of a Chevrolet Caprice.

Alfonzo Schopp said his brother's 1984 Chevy stalled several blocks from home. Schopp said his brother then told his passenger to duck and was shot as he tried to run to a friend's house.

Alfonzo Schopp said his brother was not a troublemaker and was the victim of mistaken identity.

"He was a good person," Schopp said. "He was everything to me, dude. He was no gang member. He had a family, a daughter, all kinds of good stuff."

Schopp said his brother was 21, not 23 as reported by authorities.

Witnesses described the suspect vehicle as a green Ford Explorer.

Detectives tracked the sport utility vehicle to an address in Ceres, where they took a 17-year-old boy into custody early Thursday, Beck said.

Later in the day, Beck said, authorities arrested Ulises Carenas Sanchez, 19, as he was driving on Tuolumne Boulevard and Neece Drive in west Modesto and Rafael Lopez-Camacho, 22, in a home in the 600 block of Alturas Avenue in west Modesto.

"It's my understanding all three were at the scene" of the shooting, Beck said.

The 17-year-old, Sanchez and Lopez-Camacho were arrested on suspicion of murder, according to a news release. The 17-year-old was booked at Juvenile Hall. Sanchez and Lopez-Camacho were being held without bail at the Stanislaus County Jail.

Authorities believe they have everyone they are looking for in custody.

"At this time, we are not looking for anyone else," Beck said.

Anyone with information on this homicide is asked to call Detective Ken Hedrick at 525-7083. Callers also can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters also can e-mail tips at www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers.

Bee staff writer Kevin Valine can be reached at kvaline@modbee.com or 578-2316.

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