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Drive-by shooting sends six shots into parked car with six occupants

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POSTED June 18, 2011 2:47 a.m.

The latest in more than a dozen drive-by shootings this year in Manteca missed its mark, but left a series of six bullet holes in the side of an occupied car parked in the 400 block of Acacia Avenue.

Believed to have been a gang-related shooting, unknown subjects fired on a vehicle at about 9:45 p.m. Thursday parked across the intersection from the Boys and Girls Club on West Alameda Street.  None of the six occupants in the Chevy Suburban were injured including two small children, Manteca Police said.

The driver of the parked vehicle, Salvador Cendejas, 20, was considered to be the victim of the attack while in the car with other family members.  He could not give specific details relating to the suspect vehicle, officers said, only that it left northbound on Acacia Avenue toward Alameda Street and that it was a white or light gray minivan.

A police spokesman said officers located a half dozen spent .22 cal shell casings in the street as they began their investigation.  It was also noted that none of the bullets penetrated beyond the skin of the car as none going into the interior of the vehicle.

Manteca detectives were reportedly working actively on the case Friday.

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