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10 shots fired at Manteca Ambulance

Officers search for shell casings in the middle of the 200 block of Center Street just west of Lincoln Avenue Friday night after some 10 shots were believed to have been fired toward the occupied M...

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED April 27, 2013 2:35 a.m.

A volley of gunfire directed at the Manteca Ambulance headquarters shortly before 11 p.m. Friday night shocked two ambulance medics as they were looking out the front window of the two-story building.

They said they were getting ready to turn in for the night in their second floor sleeping quarters when they saw a dark colored vehicle drive eastbound on Center Street firing in their direction.  Manteca Fire Battalion Chief Kyle Shiperd said he was driving up Fremont Street from Yosemite Avenue and saw a dark colored pickup turn north onto Fremont from Center Street but didn’t see the driver.

Shiperd said he had heard about six gun shots in the direction of the ambulance facility and saw another two shots being fired near Fremont.   Officers placed their patrol units in the street using their headlights to find any shell casings in the roadway as another patrolman interviewed the ambulance personnel who were outside checking the front of their building for holes – finding none.

Three black and white police units and a detective unit had rushed to the scene after hearing their dispatcher radio them “shots fired” in front of the ambulance headquarters.

Officers found what appeared to be seven 9 mm casings in the street across from the ambulance building and another three beyond the intersection of Lincoln Avenue to the east and in front of the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court.

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