The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a shooting that happened in Turlock on Friday.
The victim was a man and the gunshot wound was not considered to be life-threatening, according to the sheriff’s department. The victim was being very uncooperative with investigators, to the point that he refused to tell them his name. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The shooting was reported around 12:30 p.m. Friday near the intersection of G and First streets.
At the scene of the shooting a man stated he heard a loud bang, possibly from a shotgun. Turning to see where the noise came from, he recounted seeing one man on the ground with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his leg. He said the victim looked like he was trying to crawl away from a man who was standing over him with a gun.
Reports at the scene said a man was seen running with a bag that he handed off to a woman in the 100 block of G Street. Later there were additional reports of a man seen trying to hide a bag in a tree.
One man walked to the scene of the shooting and reported he saw a man jump over a fence into a backyard in the area of I Street and several law enforcement personnel rushed over to that area, including two K9 patrols.
While the shooting happened at G and First streets, the search for the suspect stretched for several blocks in southwest Turlock, with the sheriff’s department extending the perimeter to the Golden State Boulevard overpass and the area previously used as a homeless encampment. A helicopter was later seen flying over the neighborhood in the search for the suspect, but he was not located.
The only description the sheriff’s department had was that the suspect was running with a backpack. One witness at the scene said he had black hair.