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Running gun battle rattles Manteca residents

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POSTED October 27, 2012 1:34 a.m.

Five separate incidents of gunfire in the predawn hours Friday morning rattled sleeping neighborhoods throughout the Manteca community with only one house and one vehicle hit by bullets, police said.

Manteca Police officers believe there were at least two shooters with bullet casings found at two of the locations and none at the other three – indicating two types of weapons.

At 2:52 a.m. officers were investigating reports of shots fired in the 100 block of East Edison Street when they heard shots being fired on Sebastian Drive.  The responding patrolmen found no evidence at that location that any weapon had been discharged.

Shortly after 3 a.m. the Manteca dispatcher received 911 calls about shots being fired in the 300 block of Cottonwood Avenue and in the 300 block of Laurelwood – possibly the same incident.  They could not find bullet casings or evidence that any house or car had been struck by gunfire.

At 3:06 another 911 call reported shots being fire in the 1300 block of Trailwood Avenue.  A vehicle was heard speeding away but nothing was seen, residents said.  Officers said they found a large number of spent casings in the roadway.  A parked vehicle was hit multiple times as was a home at that location.

Public information Officer Jason Hensley said it looked like it was possibly a running battle and the shooter was believed to have been on foot.  He added that he didn’t believe the residence was an actual target of the shooter.

The Laurelwood and Cottonwood neighborhoods were believed to have been the work of the same shooter with the spent rounds being found both on Edison and on Trailwood.

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