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Gunman kicks in front door, shoots 2 people

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POSTED September 10, 2013 1:48 a.m.

Two Manteca residents were shot in their home early Saturday morning, just blocks from the Manteca Police Department.

According to the Manteca Police, an unknown suspect forced his way into a home on Victory Avenue shortly after 3:40 a.m. and fired at an adult male and female in what detectives are saying is not a random act of violence.

They suffered non-life threatening injuries, and were transported to area hospitals.

The suspect is described as a black or Hispanic male, between 25 and 27 years old, with a medium build and dark hair pulled back into a ponytail. He was wearing dark clothing.

One neighbor reported that the gunman kicked in the door before walking in and firing the shots – one of which may have either struck the male victim in the head, or somehow caused an injury that will threaten his eyesight.

As of Monday afternoon, one of the victims had already been released from the hospital and the other was reportedly in stable condition.

Saturday’s shooting marks only the second time this summer that gunfire has injured somebody within Manteca’s city limits.

A female walking on Northgate Drive near K-Mart was hit with either flying glass or shrapnel after a passing car pulled up and fired several shots in her direction several months ago.

The amount of gun violence is in stark contrast to the rash of shootings last summer – predominantly in the Southside Park neighborhood that culminated when a vehicle pulled up in a back alley and fired indiscriminately through a fence and into a party.

Five people were hit, including a pregnant woman and a 3-year-old girl.

The department has stepped up efforts to thwart gang violence in recent years with the street crimes task force and a dedicated gang officer. The positions that Manteca’s half-cent public safety sales tax increase helped fund. The unit chronicles registered gang members and follow-up on information received by informants on the street.

Gang presence in and around the historically problem-heavy park, however, remains a concern for nearby residents who don’t let their children venture out due to the ongoing issues.

The Manteca Police Department is asking members of the public that might have any information about Saturday’s early-morning shooting to call (209) 456-8100 or contact the South County Crime Stoppers – which takes tips anonymously – at (209) 823-4636.

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