Defendants charged in Modesto man's slaying

Two men and a 17-year-old boy were charged with murder Friday in a drive-by shooting in south Modesto.

Ulises Sanchez Cardenas, 19, Rafael Camacho Lopez, 22, and Isidro Carranza, 17, are charged in the Wednesday shooting of Modesto resident Alberto Schopp, 21.

The three were arraigned in Stanislaus County Superior Court but did not enter pleas.

Deputy District Attorney Shawn Bessey said Carranza will be charged as an adult.

Other charges for the three include the attempted murder of two other people who were with Schopp, two counts of assault with a firearm and participation in a street gang.

The criminal complaint alleges the three defendants were involved with the Sureño street gang.

"There are exceptions," Bessey said of charging Carranza as an adult. "But we've taken a very strong stance against gang violence."

Bessey alleges Cardenas was the triggerman. Deputies found Schopp in the 600 block of Broadway Avenue next to the open driver's door of a Chevrolet Caprice.

Alfonzo Schopp said his brother's 1984 Caprice 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.

The criminal complaint lists a 17-year-old boy and Dario Rios, age unknown, as the victims of attempted murder in the drive-by shooting. Sheriff's Lt. Mario Cisneros said one of them was in the car and the other was nearby.

The Sheriff's Department arrested the three suspects Thursday.

Carranza is at Juvenile Hall. He and Lopez are being held on $2 million bail. Cardenas' bail was set at $3 million.

Bee staff writer Merrill Balassone can be reached at or 578-2337.

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