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Shootings: One injured; park users traumatized
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A 20-year-old Mong gang member was shot in a drive-by Monday night walking on Virginia Street and an entire family was traumatized by two car loads of shooters Saturday evening at Library Park in downtown Manteca.

While Manteca Police could provide a report on the shooting of the pedestrian, they were unable to give an account of the 9:12 p.m. incident Saturday that disrupted a birthday party near the play equipment by the Manteca Library.

Officers had been dispatched to the 1000 block of Virginia at 11:20 Monday evening after reports of shots being fired with one man having been hit and lying on the ground, according to police spokesman Officer Jason Hensley.

The victim was found suffering from two visible gunshot wounds. He was  reportedly un-cooperative with officers arriving on the scene.   He was shot in an arm and a leg that had been broken by the gunfire, police said.

He was transported by ambulance to the trauma unit at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto where he has undergone surgery for his “non life-threatening” wounds and was listed in stable condition.  A couple of the homes in the area were also struck by the gunfire, Hensley noted.  There were no shell casings found in the street, however, he added.

Witnesses told officers that the victim had been walking eastbound on Virginia at the time the car drove by multiple shots were fired in his direction.

“We are looking for a light colored sedan from the drive-by,” the officer said.  Detectives are investigating to determine whether the shooting was gang related. 

The Library Park incident is listed on the police log as an “aggravated assault” and includes nothing about shots being fired during a Manteca woman’s 39th birthday party with 25 members of her family gathered on the lawn.

Shamika Harmon called the Bulletin Tuesday afternoon to tell her account of her birthday party being shot up Saturday night.  She said she will never forget when two cars pulled into the parking lot as 15 children, from one to 11 years old, still playing on the park play equipment.

She said four young adults,  she believed were in their 20s,  jumped out of a white Acura and two more out of a green Camaro – all had guns drawn and started shooting toward the adult family members, she said.

One of the vehicles fled on Sycamore Avenue and the other on Center Street, she remembered, saying it was lucky no one was hit by gunfire.  Police arrived on the scene shortly thereafter, she added.

The woman noted that she and her family members don’t call the police anymore when something happens because they feel nothing is ever being done.

On Sunday, Joseph Chisholm, 21, was arrested on two outstanding “no bail” warrants by Officer Jeff Hooten.  The patrolman determined that Chisholm was also the suspect in a March 29 shooting in the 100 block of North Lincoln Avenue where a victim had been shot in the stomach at close range.

Shop keepers at that location had witnessed an argument under way between the two men before the one was shot.  The suspect reportedly ran north on Lincoln Avenue and disappeared into the neighborhood.  Several other individuals who had been with the shooter drove off at high speed.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward on each of the incidents that leads to the arrest and conviction of the responsibles.  The reporting individuals may remain anonymous in collecting their rewards.  Call 823-4636.