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One dead, one injured in downtown Turlock shooting

An altercation that started in a Turlock bar led to a shootout between two parties in downtown, resulting in the death of one man and a gunshot wound for another, the Turlock Police Department reported. 

The deceased was identified by the police department as Romeo Portillo, 21, of Patterson. The injured man is a 20-year-old from Patterson. 

The first report of the shooting came into the Turlock police dispatch at 2:06 a.m. Saturday. The caller reported that a shooting had just happened in the area of Market Street and South Broadway. 

Officers quickly arrived at the scene and found evidence of a shootout and that someone had been wounded, but everyone involved had already fled the scene. 

Officers started searching the area and located a gray 2018 Honda sedan in the area of East Main Street and Bonita Avenue. The two passengers in the Honda – Portillo and the 20-year-old both had sustained gunshot wounds, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Parmley. 

Officers provided immediate medical care for the two gunshot victims until emergency medical personnel arrived and transported them to local area hospitals. Portillo died as a result of his injuries and the 20-year-old victim remains in the hospital and is in stable condition, Parmley said. 

The driver of the Honda, Gary Jackson, 22, of Patterson was arrested for possession of a firearm and transported to the Turlock Police Department for questioning, then booked at the Stanislaus County Jail for possession of a loaded and concealed firearm. 
The evidence collected at the scene showed that more than one firearm was used “and further suggests there were two groups of individuals involved,” Parmley said. 

Investigators have not yet established a motive for the shooting, but did learn it stemmed from an altercation at a local bar and does not appear to be a random act of violence. 
“This investigation is a top priority for our detectives and we ask that anyone who may have information about the identity of any involved Individuals to please come forward,” said Detective Sgt. Victor Barcelos. “The safety of the public is our number one concern.” 
The Turlock Police Department asks that anyone with information about this investigation to call Detective Gina Giovacchini at (209) 668-6539. 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.