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Drive-by shooting kills Turlock teen
Death marks Turlock’s sixth homicide for 2018

An 18-year-old Turlock teen died after being hit in a drive-by shooting Thursday night.

The victim, identified as Johnny Wilson from Turlock, sustained a fatal gunshot wound while standing in the front yard of a home in the 300 block of W. Linwood Avenue Thursday evening, according to the Turlock Police Department.

Police received a 9-1-1 call reporting the shooting at approximately 8:55 p.m. Thursday. The caller said two people had been shot, but when officers arrived at the scene within minutes of the call they only found one victim, Wilson.

Paramedics, who had been parked nearby when the shooting occurred, arrived quickly, however the victim had already succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

At this time, police believe three or four people were in the front yard of the Linwood Avenue home when the shooting occurred. Witnesses said an unknown number of people drove by in a vehicle they couldn’t describe and began shooting at those standing in the yard. The suspect or suspects then fled in the vehicle.

The shooting occurred across the street from Cunningham Elementary School. The Turlock Unified School District released a statement saying that the campus, students and staff were never in jeopardy and school started without incident on Friday morning.

“As always, safety remains of paramount importance to TUSD and we will continue to work closely with law enforcement to secure our campuses for all stakeholders,” stated the District.

Thursday’s fatal shooting marks Turlock’s fifth homicide in 2018. In August, Alfonso Serrato, 31, of Sacramento, was stabbed to death during fight in the 100 block of Farr Street. On June 19, Daniel Russell, 50, of Turlock, was shot to death in his Almond Avenue home. Seventeen-year-old Richard Lee Short III was shot to death at a home in the 300 block of Mitchell Avenue on June 11. In May, 16-year-old Ismael Guzman died after he was shot in the 500 block of Vermont Avenue. In April, Jack Keener died after being run over by a vehicle and then left in a field in the area of S. First and D streets.

The police ask anyone with information regarding Thursday’s drive-by shooting to call Detective Frank Navarro at (209) 664-7319. You can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780 or email at The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.