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Gang shooting sends El Portal family fleeing
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Two men were arrested for allegedly shooting into a home in the 900 block of El Portal Avenue and forcing family members to flee into their back yard for safety.

Manteca Police public information officer Jason Hensley said responding officers on Friday night located bullet holes in the front of the home and found multiple shell casings in the street.

Some two hours later at 11:20 p.m. officers were called back to the same area on El Portal with reports that a subject was standing in front of a residence with a gun and then fled in a sedan.

Police units responding to the area for the second time located a vehicle traveling north on South Union Road that met the description of the suspect vehicle. The car was eventually stopped in the 500 block of El Portal Avenue with officers allegedly finding a sawed off shotgun in the vehicle.

The driver Ralph Lewis Cordaway, Jr., 28 and a passenger riding in the right rear seat, John Perry, 22, were detained by officers, Hensley said. Perry was identified by witnesses as the individual who had been standing in front of the residence with a firearm.

The officer said evidence both in the vehicle and at the residence tied the earlier shooting back to the vehicle police had stopped. Cordaway and Perry were both booked into the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp.

Cordaway was charged with five felonies and two misdemeanors including conspiracy, armed while in the commission of a felony, felon in possession of a firearm, removing the serial number from a firearm, allowing a passenger in his vehicle to have a loaded firearm and street terrorism with gang enhancement. His bail amount was set at $626,000 and he was ordered to appear in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Jail at 1:25 p.m. on Tuesday.

MPD is also requesting a complaint for the shooting into an inhabited dwelling, the officer said.

Perry’s charges were similar.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the South County Crimestoppers at (209) 823-4636.