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Arrests made in shooting of convenience store customer
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Arrests have been made in the June 9 shooting at Quik Stop, 505 N. Main St. that left a 43-year-old customer with a gunshot wound in his left arm.

Manteca Police on Thursday arrested Sammy Moreno, 49, and Joseph Moreno, 29, after executing a search warrant for their residence at 743 Morada Court off Hacienda Avenue in Central Manteca south of Louise Avenue.

Joseph Moreno was booked into the county jail on a single charge of assault with a deadly weapon and one charge for negligently discharging a firearm.   Sammy Moreno was booked for a felon in possession of a firearm when a shotgun was found in the home, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a methamphetamine pipe.  

Manteca Police spent several days investigating leads and tips to obtain a search warrant.

The shooting took place at 5:32 p.m. on June 9. It originally was reported to police as shots being fired.

The shooting victim, who police do not believe was the intended target, was shot while standing in line waiting to pay for beer. Other customers when they heard the shot, ducked and dropped to the floor.

Officers reviewed a video tape from the store’s cameras and determined the suspects were Hispanic and in a white Lincoln four-door vehicle.

The surveillance video showed two subjects being dropped off by a smaller gray vehicle. The two loiter in front of Quik Stop for approximately five minutes.  

A white four-door Lincoln LS then drives into the parking lot and parks in a parking space directly in front of the store.  One of the subjects loitering in front of Quik Stop approaches the driver’s side door of the Lincoln.  The passenger door on the Lincoln opens and the passenger in the Lincoln extends his arm out the window holding what is believed to be a firearm.  The intended victim - still standing at the driver’s side door - quickly turns and runs into the store.  The passenger door on the Lincoln closes and the vehicle leaves the parking lot.  

It appears the passenger in the Lincoln fired one round at the intended victim as he was opening the door to Quik Stop and running into the store.  The bullet missed and hit the victim in the back of his left arm.

It was the second shooting near the North Main Street and Alameda Street intersection in recent months. The other occurred one night shortly before midnight when bullets fired near the Quik Stop almost hit a woman returning videos across the street to the Blockbuster store.