A 23-year-old man survived being shot in the chest Sunday night on Locust Avenue.
Manteca Police responded to the 600 block of West Center Street near Walnut Avenue — just over a block from the police station — shortly before 11 p.m. after several gunshots were heard. While checking the area, one officer was flagged down by a citizen who said a man had just been shot and was down in the street at Locust and Yosemite avenues — several blocks away.
A witness reported the victim had been shot by a man wearing all black near a vehicle on Locust Avenue — midway between Main Street and Union Road.
Officers said the man had one visible non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his left chest area and was immediately transported to an area hospital by ambulance. Six spent hand gun shells were discovered on the west shoulder of Locust Avenue, police said.
One witness reported seeing a white Dodge Dart leaving the area at a high rate of speed but it was unknown if that was the suspect vehicle.
It was the second shooting in three days in Manteca but the first where gunfire struck the victim.
On Friday night shortly before 11 p.m. in the 200 block of Elm Avenue, a man barely missed being hit by a gunman that fired five shots into his vehicle. He was driving away after stopping a man on a bicycle. The victim, who was looking for his daughter’s bicycle that had been stolen earlier, asked the bicyclist where he got the bike. He was told by the man that he “purchased it from some guy.”
As the father drove away the suspect fired five shots into the back of his vehicle with one missing his head by some 12 inches, according to Manteca Police.
The bicycle was a gray and purple girls’ gray Huffy mountain bike. Police reported finding spent shell casings in the roadway.
The suspect was described as a man standing 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9 and weighing an estimated 180 to 185 pounds.
Anyone with information on the suspect or the location of the bicycle is urged to call the Manteca Police department to help in the ongoing investigation.