Meanwhile, the unidentified victim remains in critical condition in a Modesto-area hospital after receiving surgery, according to Sgt. Keith Rakoncza of the sheriff’s department.
Ignacio Michael Lopez, 21, and Jonathan Gilbert McKnight, 23, both of Patterson and both documented Norteno gang members, were booked into county jail under suspicion of attempted homicide and crimes related to participation in a criminal street gang, Rakoncza said. McKnight also is suspected of committing a crime while out on bail after he was arrested in Patterson Sept. 9 for an alleged act of assault with a deadly weapon, Rakoncza said.
Detectives are still searching for a third suspect who has been identified, the sergeant said.
Police used witness descriptions to find and subsequently arrest Lopez and McKnight Monday following the shooting that occurred at about 1:30 that morning on the 1400 block of Carly Creek Drive. Several witnesses told deputies that they saw four men in the area wearing dark clothing with hoods shortly before deputies arrived.
Rakoncza would not speculate as to why the victim was shot or whether the attack was related to an attempted burglary, as the investigation is ongoing.
A few neighbors along Carly Creek Drive reported Monday morning that they had neither seen nor heard anything related to the nighttime shooting. Many of them described the victim as a quiet man who mostly kept to himself.
“He’s like the mystery guy on the street,” said one nearby neighbor, who would not give his name. “I see him come out and mow his lawn now and then, or see him go in and out of the garage, but that’s about it.”
Detectives continue to investigate the shooting, which they suspect is related to the indoor marijuana cultivation, Rakoncza said.
Anyone with further information regarding the shooting is encouraged to call Detective Frank Soria at 209-525-7080.