According to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department and Patterson Police Services, authorities received a call at roughly 7:30 p.m. that shots had been fired near the 700 block of Walnut Avenue. The urgency of the call quickly escalated once it was determined that two teenagers were victims of the shooting, said Sergeant Paul Yotsuya.
Police found the juveniles on Walnut Avenue, and quickly called in for back up. At least a dozen units were on the scene, as well as a squad car from the Newman Police Department. One medi-flight helicopter was forced to land near the scene and take the victims to an area hospital.
The victims are alive and in stable condition, said Sgt. Yotsuya, but the two suspects are still at large. Little information could be determined as to what they look like, said local authorities.
“We haven’t received real clear information from the victims,” said Yotsuya on Thursday morning. “But we’re following leads and talking to people.”
Whether the shooting stemmed from gang-related activity has yet to be determined.
The investigation is currently ongoing.
Editor's note: Authorities asked the Patterson Irrigator to delay publishing this information directly after the incident as it would hinder any investigative efforts. We now have permission to publish the incident at this time.
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