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Man shot to death in Turlock
Three drive-by shootings reported prior to fatality
Crime scene tape remains in front of an apartment complex on the corner of Starr and N. Denair avenues where a man was fatally shot on Monday night. - photo by KRISTINA HACKER / The Journal

The Turlock Police Department is investigating a homicide that claimed the life of a 38-year-old man Monday night.

The name of the victim has not been released at this time, pending next of kin notification.

The shooting was reported around 11:30 p.m. Monday in the area of Starr Avenue and N. Denair Avenue.

The police department received multiple calls reporting shots had been fired. The first officers on scene found a man who had sustained life-threatening gunshot injuries, said Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. 

At this time the police department has not released any suspect information.

The fatal shooting came at the conclusion of a night that saw three other drive-by shootings reported. It’s unknown at this time if any of the drive-by shootings are related to the homicide, but one happened on the same street about an hour and a half before the fatality.

The first drive-by shooting was reported at 9:17 p.m. Monday in the 3400 block of Golf Road. An unknown suspect or suspects fired multiple rounds at a residence and a car parked in the driveway. Casings were recovered from the scene, said Stanislaus County Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Anthony Bejaran.

The sheriff’s department was called to the scene of a second drive-by at 9:53 p.m. Monday in the 400 block of Bernell Avenue. A suspect fired several rounds again, one of which struck a tree. A person was standing outside at the time, but it’s unknown if they were the intended target or just happened to be there at the time, Bejaran said.

The third drive-by was reported to the Turlock Police Department at 10:07 p.m. in the 500 block of Starr Avenue. In that incident a subject fired several shots at a fence before leaving in a dark four-door vehicle, Lewis said. Casings were recovered from the scene.

Anyone with information regarding the homicide is asked to contact Detective Frank Navarro at 668-5550 ext. 6619. 
The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.