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Modesto shooting victims identified; suspect in custody

POSTED July 24, 2009 10:22 p.m.
The Modesto Police Department has released the names of the two people shot to death Monday in southwest Modesto.
The two victims were identified as Nhia Yang, 27, of Modesto and Gao Sheng Her, 23, of Merced. A third victim, a 21-year-old man, was also wounded during the shooting, with gunshot wounds to his face and torso. He was treated at a Modesto hospital and at last report was in serious condition.
Police were dispatched to the 1700 block of Radley Place at about 5:20 a.m. after receiving several reports of shots fired. When officers arrived at the property they found the two adult victims outside of a residence, said Sgt. Brian Findlen. Both were pronounced dead a short time later. The third victim was found two blocks north of the home on Hammond Street. He was able to give investigators a detailed description of the shooter and the high-powered rifle used, which led to the arrest of Tou Vang Xiong, 25, of Atwater.
Xiong was arrested at a home near the shooting. He was booked into jail for two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, and one count of use of a firearm while in commission of a homicide.
Detectives do not believe this was a random incident and are investigating the possibility that the suspects and the victim knew each other. The investigation is on-going and police did not comment on a possible motive or evidence collected at the scene.
Police ask anyone with information about this case 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 your message.

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