Officers arrested two people from the Bay Area early Saturday after shots were fired in the parking garage across the street from the Fat Cat nightclub in downtown Modesto, police said.
No injuries were reported in the shooting, said Modesto police Sgt. Craig Plante, and it had no indications of being gang-related.
He said the night was busy for Modesto police officers, who responded to about 20 fights in 90 minutes in front of the Fat Cat and the Palladium nightclubs.
Plante said the nightclubs hosted hip-hop performances Friday night and attracted many patrons from the Bay Area. He said many of those involved in the fights were from outside the Modesto area.
Police commanders ordered a "condition yellow" from 1:30 to 3 a.m. Saturday, which brought every available officer in Modesto to the downtown area to deal with the fights.
That meant only critical calls for help would pull officers away from the city's entertainment center during that 90-minute period, Plante said.
The officers broke up the fights and ordered people to go home, he said. None of the fights resulted in serious injuries.
The shooting occurred about 1:45 a.m. inside a crowded parking garage as many people were heading home. Officers heard multiple shots and responded.
Witnesses told officers a man in a red shirt had fired a gun and was trying to leave the garage in a black Mercedes. With the garage so full of people trying to leave, Plante said the suspects couldn't escape before officers were able to stop their car.
They detained three people in the car at gunpoint while they searched the vehicle. Plante said the officers found a .38-caliber handgun where the passenger in the rear seat was sitting.
That passenger was later identified as Davion McFarland, 23, of Suisun City. Plante said McFarland was wearing a red shirt, and a gunshot residue test showed that he had just fired a gun.
McFarland was arrested on suspicion of illegally discharging a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm. Plante said the gun was stolen from Escalon.
It appeared that McFarland fired the handgun into the air inside the parking garage. Officers found chips in the ceiling, Plante said. The shooting's motive was unclear to investigators because McFarland refused to give a statement to police.
The driver of the Mercedes, William Santos, of Vallejo, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. The second passenger in the car was questioned by police and released.
Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2394.