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Shooting suspect nabbed in Delhi

POSTED July 14, 2009 8:44 p.m.

A 19-year-old man suspected of the audacious daytime shooting of a Modesto man walking his baby, was taken into custody Monday night after law enforcement surrounded his Delhi hideout.


Travis Lee Stephenson of Modesto was apprehended Monday night after investigators tracked him to a residence in the 14000 block of South Avenue in Delhi.


With the residence surrounded by the Modesto Police Street Crimes Unit and the Merced County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team, Stephenson surrendered to law enforcement around 9:30 p.m. Monday, said Modesto Police Sgt. Brian Findlen.


Stephenson had been identified as the prime suspect in a shooting in Modesto  that occurred Monday morning and left one man injured with multiple gunshot wounds.


The 33-year-old man was walking with his girlfriend and pushing his 1-year-old son in a baby stroller in the area of Santa Rosa and La Loma avenues when a silver Honda sedan drove by them, Findlen said.


Detectives believe Stephenson was the driver of the Honda and that he slowed down when he recognized the man and fired several rounds at him, Findlen said.


The victim was struck several times in the upper body and torso and at least one bullet pierced the stroller, however the infant was uninjured, as was the girlfriend. The victim remains hospitalized and his condition has stabilized, Findlen said. He is expected to survive his injuries.


Police do not believe this shooting was random in nature. The investigation suggests that the suspect and victim were acquaintances and had at least one prior encounter.


Detectives are also looking for Michael Calhoun, 39, of Modesto about his suspected involvement in the crime.


Police ask anyone with information about Michael Calhoun or his whereabouts to call the Modesto Police Department at 572-9500. Tipsters can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters can also text information to by sending a text message to 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with the message.
To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.

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