Police: 2 people die after triple shooting in Modesto

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The Modesto Police Department identified the victims as 40-year-old Brandon Dewayne Wheeler of Oakdale, 29-year-old Emilia Natale of Modesto, and 35-year-old Jimmy Lee Sullivan of Modesto. All victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds and were transported to a local hospital.

Natale and Wheeler succumbed to their injuries, while Sullivan remains in serious condition, but is expected to survive, police said in a Facebook post Wednesday. There is no indication that the victims in this shooting were the intended victims.


MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Two people died and another was seriously injured after a shooting in Modesto Friday night.

The Modesto Police Department said the shooting happened just before 9 p.m. on Semple Street near Jones Street. 

“When officers arrived, they found three adult victims suffering from gunshot wounds. They were transported to a local hospital. Two succumbed to their injuries. One is expected to survive but is in serious condition,” said Modesto Police spokeswoman Sharon Bear. 

Bear told FOX40 that investigators combed the scene throughout the night looking for any evidence that would point them to a suspect.  

“We don’t have a suspect description right now,” Bear said. 

As police search for clues, the families of the victims are trying to process what happened. 

“I’m heartbroken, I’m sad, I’m mad,” said Rick Haines who told FOX40 that two of his nephews were shot. 

Haines said one of his nephews died and the other is in the hospital fighting for his life. 

According to Haines, the one of the victims who was shot and killed was the longtime girlfriend of the nephew who survived.  

“Don’t have no clue. I don’t know why they would come and take somebody’s life like that,” Haines said. “Far as I know, nobody had no nothing against them had no reason to kill them.” 

Detectives were back out in the neighborhood Saturday talking to neighbors and asking for the public’s help.  

“If you’ve witnessed something or you have information, you know, help us solve this crime, call crime-stoppers and give us your tips,” Bear said. 

Haines said he not only wants answers, he wants justice for all three victims.  

“I want to find out who did it. And I don’t want to threaten nobody, but I hope that cops find out who it is and if not, they better hope God deals with them,” Haines said.

If anyone witnessed or has any information about the shooting, call Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636. 

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