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Homicide victim found on Modesto street

POSTED June 27, 2009 4:59 p.m.
Modesto police detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in South East Modesto Thursday night.
The victim was identified by the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office as 22-year-old Modesto resident Daniel Mendez.
The victim was found about 8:12 p.m. Thursday laying in the roadway in the 200 block of Carmillita Way. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Suspect or suspects in this crime are still outstanding and there is no known motive at this time. There are no reports of other victims.
The same part of town was the scene of a shooting and an attempted carjacking earlier that same day, according to the Modesto Police Department.
Around 1 a.m. Thursday police were in the area of Encina and Trask avenues investigating a collision when they heard the sound of shots fired, Sgt. Brian Findlen said.
As the gunshots came closer the officers spotted a red Dodge Neon driving southbound on North Riverside Drive near Encina Avenue. Believing the car was related, officers attempted to stop the car but the driver accelerated and a short pursuit was initiated, Findlen said.
The driver of the Neon, Rudy Carlos Lopez, 22, of Modesto lost control of his car in a construction zone near Yosemite Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue. Lopez and a second man, Juan Miguelo Trujillo, 22, of Modesto ran from the car.  
Lopez ran to a car that had stopped near the pursuit and attempted to open the door to the car, which was occupied by two women, Findlen said. He was unsuccessful and took off running again. He was arrested a short time later in the 2900 block of Yosemite Boulevard.
A resident of the Redwood apartments at Lincoln and Yosemite reported seeing a man running through the complex with a firearm just after the attempted carjacking.  A search, utilizing a police canine, led officers to Trujillo who was found hiding on top of a shed in the 1900 block of Sugarpine Avenue, Findlen said.
Lopez and Trujillo were arrested for negligent discharge of a firearm, evading police, attempted carjacking, participation in a criminal street gang, and parole violations. Police could not find a victim of a shooting; however additional charges could result if it is found that a residence was struck during the shooting, Findlen said.

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