MODESTO — Detectives have launched investigations into two drive-by shootings that occurred within days of each other in the same neighborhood.
The Modesto Police Department reports 22-year-old Alonzo Watkins, of Modesto, was killed after he was struck by gunfire in the first shooting.
On June 12 around 7:30 p.m., a small group was having a barbecue in the front yard of a home on Colorado Avenue near Tuolumne Boulevard when shots were fired toward them from a passing vehicle. Two men were shot, according to police.
Watkins died a week after he was wounded. The other victim was hospitalized and later released.
Another drive-by shooting was reported on June 16 around 7 p.m. Police say gunfire rang out on Colorado and South avenues, less than a half-mile away from the first shooting. No one was hit.
A witness told the police department they saw a white SUV leave the area around the time of the drive-by shooting.
Detectives believe the incidents may be related.
If you have any information about the drive-by shootings you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636.