Modesto CA Nov 22 2017 As Modesto police were close by investigating a double shooting, a carjacking attempt was made outside Doctors Medical Center on Monday afternoon.
At about 2:15, a woman was at a stop sign in front of the Florida Avenue medical center when Alejandro Cortez Calderon attempted to gain entry into her vehicle, said police Lt. Martha Delgado.
The victim drove away, and Calderon then assaulted a Rank Investigation & Protection officer who was on duty at DMC, Delgado said. Several other Rank officers came to the officer's aid and detained Calderon.
Modesto police officers arrived and took him into custody. The assaulted Rank officer suffered bruises to her arms but did not require treatment, Delgado said.
Calderon, 40, faces charges of attempted carjacking and battery on a peace officer. He is being held at the Stanislaus County Jail, with bail set at $150,000.
About half an hour before the carjacking attempt, two people were shot in front of a church off West Orangeburg Avenue just west of McHenry Avenue.
The shooting occurred while the victims, a man and a woman, were arguing with the gunman, who remained at large Tuesday morning.
Police Department spokesman Sgt. Chris Adams said the shooter is known to the victim but detectives still are working to determine the relationship and what happened.
At least one suspect is sought, he said. "It could end up being more than one person because there were a handful of people there," Adams said.
There is no description of the gunman, Adams said, but the vehicle he left in was a silver SUV.
Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to to call Modesto police at 209-572-9500 or Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.