Man dies after fight turns into shooting in Modesto

11:31 AM, Jan 3, 2013   |    comments
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MODESTO, CA - A man is dead after a fight escalated into a shooting in a west Modesto home Wednesday night.

Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies responded to a call of a fight and the sound of gunfire at a home on the 900 block of Leon Avenue around 6:27 p.m. While en route, the sheriff's department received another 911 call of a person shot at the home.

Upon arrival at the residence, deputies found Marty Kent, 18, of Modesto suffering from a single gunshot wound, Sgt. Anthony Bejaran said.

Kent was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bejaran said there was a large fight at the home when gunshots were heard.

An all-night investigation, including multiple witness interviews revealed that a late 1990s, dark colored (possibly green) Jeep Cherokee was seen in the area just prior to the shooting.

Detectives did not have a license plate number on the vehicle and were looking to speak with the occupants.

Anyone with information about this investigation can call Detective Jon McQueary at 209-525-7099. You can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward


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