Family tension triggered gunfire in West Modesto, leaving gunman Victor Salazar Ramirez dead by his own hand, according to police, and two of his relatives recovering from their wounds.
FOX40 cameras were the only ones there just after midnight as this deadly drama fractured a family and frightened a neighborhood.
Several hours later as the shock subsided witnesses were willing to talk about what they saw on Cannes Avenue.
“Prior to everything happening he was standing outside, he was calm. It didn’t seem like there was anything out of control,” said Ariana Constantino.
But Constantino says she soon watched the situation across the street spin scarily out of control.
“He shot like three or four rounds … cops rushed in … fence, knocked it down. And then I want to say about seven of them broke down the front door and threw a flash bomb,” she said.
As bullets flew, children and adults ran from the home – the flashbomb providing enough distraction that officers were able to drag out a woman who had been shot repeatedly.
“She was complaining about not being able to walk and crying because of the injury and she was scared obviously … and they were trying to calm her down,” Constantino said.
One wounded man collapsed near our cameras.
Modesto SWAT and hostage negotiators worked to talk the barricaded gunman out, but police say his body was found inside the Cannes home around 6 a.m.
“For something like this to happen it’s kind of surreal,” said Constantino.
Both of Salazar Ramirez’ victims are now listed in stable condition.