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Norteo gang members tag building after fatal shooting
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Scott Johnson, owner of a Manteca motorcycle restoration business in the 100 block of South Main Street, was visibly upset with the tagging that he found on his doors Wednesday morning. The tagging showed negative references, including 187 – murder, toward the Sureno street gang as well as the police. - photo by GLENN KAHL
Norteño gang graffiti put out a message of hate toward Sureños and the Manteca Police showing up on the roll-up garage doors of a downtown motorcycle restoration operation.

Scott Johnson, owner of Hard Knocks Customs in the 100 block of South Main Street in downtown Manteca, said he was shocked to see the scrawled spray painted messages when he opened for business Wednesday morning.

In what is believed to be a reaction to the shooting in the 800 block of East Yosemite Avenue in the predawn hours on Tuesday, the messages began with a memorial to their fallen “Dereck” and showed a strong dislike for the police.

With the “XIV” marker claiming the responsibles for the tagging are Norteños, it further suggested the killing of the southern gang members, the Surenos, along another that sai,d down with the “Scraps” or Sureños , NGP Northgate, and “Teca Town Cohino” which translates to Manteca town dirt followed by  SBC Hood.

Three-foot-high “X 4” inscriptions were painted on the concrete block uprights that separated the roll-up garage doors.  Graffiti was also scrawled on a large storage container at the rear of the parking area – spray cans discarded nearby.

Two young men were gunned down shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday morning as they were apparently running from their attacker or attackers.  Derrick Gann, 19, was murdered, collapsing in the middle of Yosemite Avenue.

An apparent buddy Jeffery Charles Attebery, 18, was also shot multiple times and collapsed in the doorway of the 7-Eleven store on the corner of Powers and Yosemite avenues.  Atteberry was taken to surgery at San Joaquin County Hospital listed and is in stable condition at last report.

Johnson said that seeing people defacing property “really runs a barb up my back side.”  He is offering a $500 reward for information that will lead to the arrest of those responsible for defacing his business front.

The motorcycle restoration business in located directly behind the Three Amigos Tire Shop that had all of its front windows knocked out by vandals twice in the past year.  The owners say they have no idea why anybody would want to attack their building three months ago that followed an attack some six months earlier.

Johnson said that youths using guns to settle their differences are just cowards – not willing to knuckle up out in the street with adversaries they disagree.

At dusk Wednesday Johnson was himself working with a paint roller attempting to clean up the mess the taggers had left behind, hoping that they won’t come back after he is finished.