Neighbors said a 19-year-old man was responsible for a fatal shooting on the 1400 block of Shearwater Drive, but no arrests had been made as of Tuesday, Sept. 4, according to Sgt. Anthony Bejaran of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.
As of Tuesday afternoon, investigators with the sheriff’s department had not released the identity of the teenager allegedly responsible for the shooting.
The body was discovered by firefighters and medics lying in the driveway of a residence at 1400 Shearwater Drive after receiving a report about a shooting at 1:09 a.m. Monday, according to Sgt. Frank Fenn of the sheriff’s department.
The Silva appeared to have died of a single gunshot wound, Fenn said, though he did not specify where he was shot, as he did not know at the time.
Fenn stated that a resident of the home where the shooting occurred — which was next door to where the body of Silva was found — was the person who called 911 to report the incident. Neighbors said the 19-year-old was the only person in the house at the time, as other family members were out of town.
The man neighbors identified as the 19-year-old resident was questioned by police following the shooting, but he did not wish to speak to the Irrigator at the scene.
The man living in the house where the victim’s body was found, who did not wish to give his name, said the victim might have been trying to break into a house next door at 1404 Shearwater Drive, where the 19-year-old lived with his parents.
The resident said that on Saturday or Sunday, someone had snapped off the window screens of the home where the 19-year-old lived, but no one had made entry into the home at the time.
Bejaran would not address the allegation that the victim was trying to break into any of the houses on Shearwater Drive, saying the matter was still under investigation.
Investigators did not provide details about where the shooting happened or details about the firearm allegedly used in the shooting.
Shearwater Drive resident Sarah Firestone, who lives a couple of homes away from where the shooting reportedly occurred, said she heard the gunshot and went outside about three minutes later to find the man’s body on the driveway. The shot was so loud it sounded like was fired inside her room, she said.
“It was hecka loud,” she said.
Sarah Firestone’s father, Dan Firestone, noted police raided an alleged marijuana grow house farther down the street on the same block Aug. 23. Despite those incidents, Dan Firestone said the neighborhood — which is a block away from Apricot Valley Elementary School — has been generally quiet in the seven years he has lived there.
“It’s definitely disconcerting,” he said.
Monday’s incident is the second shooting death within Patterson city limits this year.
On Jan. 4, investigators found the body of Jesus Gallardo, 19, behind the backstop of a baseball diamond at Felipe Garza Jr. Memorial Park off Hartley Street.
Police have issued an arrest warrant in that case for 26-year-old Victor Valdovinos, who remains at large.
In addition, two Latino men were found bound and shot west of Patterson near the 10-mile marker on Del Puerto Canyon Road on Aug. 4. One of those men has since been identified as San Jose resident Carlos Martinez, 39. The other had not been identified as of last month, but Bejaran could not be reached for an update Wednesday. The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate that case.
This week’s shooting also came after the owner of Mandarin House Restaurant was shot in the arm inside the restaurant at 36 S. Third St. on Friday, Aug. 31.
Sgt. John Walker of Patterson Police Services verified Wednesday that the shooting at the local eatery took place but did not have further details as of the Irrigator deadline.
Updates on both Monday and Friday’s shootings will be posted on the web this week at www.pattersonirrigator.com.
• Contact Jonathan Partridge at 892-6187, ext. 26, or email@example.com. Irrigator reporter Nick Rappley contributed to this report.