Modesto police: Two wounded in drive-by shooting during family gathering

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MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) -- A Modesto family sitting on their front porch, celebrating the holidays, became the victims of a drive-by shooting Friday afternoon.

“I heard gunshots, probably five or six shots,” witness Rita Guerro told FOX40.

People living near the intersection of Hadden Avenue and North Riverside Drive said a family celebrating a belated Thanksgiving was interrupted by gunfire.

Witnesses said they saw gunfire come from a silver sedan and that two people were injured, one of them being 18 years old.

Both men were transported to the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening, according to police.

“I have grandkids that age and that boy is the nicest kid. Nothing but respectful,” Guerro said. “It’s just heartbreaking. He was probably just waiting to have his dinner and look what happened.”

Sgt. Jamie Demings said it was disheartening to see such violence this time of year.

“A lot of the times around holidays, you hope that people are on their best behavior and trying to enjoy family time. So, yeah, this was a little bit of a surprise,” Demings said.

Neighbors were feeling unsettled as police continued to search for the person or people responsible.

“You have to be cautious on letting your kids outside in the neighborhood,” resident Angelina Lira said. “It’s sad but it’s something you have to do around here right now.”

Police say it’s too early to tell if it was a random crime.

“I don’t have no idea what could have happened or why somebody would do such a thing. It’s a cowardly act in my eyes,” Guerro said.

If you have any information, you’re asked to call Modesto police. You may remain anonymous.

Stay with FOX40 for updates.

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