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Shooters sought in Ceres incidents

CERES -- Police investigators on Thursday were looking for the people involved in two Wednesday night shootings that occurred within three hours of each other at homes on the same street west of Highway 99.

The first shooting seriously injured a 44-year-old woman, who was shot in the face as she looked out a window. Ceres police said she was expected to survive her injuries.

Nobody was hit in the second shooting, which broke a house window.

Ceres police Sgt. Chris Perry said detectives were following up on leads, but had not identified anyone. He said there were no indications the shootings were linked.

The first shooting occurred about 9:10 p.m. in the 1700 block of Walnut Avenue, just north of Don Pedro Park and south of East Hackett Road in Ceres.

The detectives later learned the shooter walked up to the home and knocked on the front door. When the woman looked out through a side window, she was shot in the face, according to Ceres police officer Joe Wren.

The shooter left on foot. Police described the shooter as a Latino male about 14 to 18 years old. There was no further suspect description available.

The injured woman was taken by ambulance to a Modesto hospital and treated for the wound, according to Wren.

As Ceres police officials were investigating the first shooting, dispatchers received a 911 call reporting another shooting just a few blocks west.

The second shooting occurred about 11:40 p.m. at a home in the 2000 block of Walnut Avenue, just west of North Central Avenue.

Officers found no one hit by gunfire. Wren said officers searched the area but found no witnesses or anyone else.

Police recovered evidence at the scene and damage to a small window on the side of the home. Police did not release information about what evidence was collected.

Ceres police asked anyone with information about these shootings to call Detective James Robbins at 538-5727 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" plus a message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at rahumada@modbee.com or 578-2394.

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