Two Atwater shooting victims in ‘stable’ condition; search for suspects underway

Two children who were shot Thursday in unrelated incidents in Atwater were recovering in hospitals on Friday, Atwater police said.

Officers remained tight-lipped Friday regarding both investigations and said they were still pursuing leads in both cases.

“They’re both in stable condition,” Lt. Sam Joseph said Friday of the victims.

No arrests have been made in either case.

A 2-year-old boy was shot in the leg, possibly while walking with his mother on Olive Avenue.

Police were called at 4:41 p.m. Thursday to Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock regarding the injured child.

Officers said the boy’s mother, whose name was not released, did not notify police of the shooting or call 911 before driving her son to the Turlock hospital.

She told police she was walking with the child on Olive Avenue and they were shot at “randomly,” Joseph said.

But officers did not receive any 911 calls regarding the apparently public shooting.

About the same time, Atwater police received multiple 911 calls regarding another, unrelated shooting.

Police said a teenage boy was shot about 5:15 p.m. and was found in a parking lot near Uncle Buck’s Hot Dog Restaurant in the 300 block of Bellevue Avenue. Initial reports indicated the teenager was found in the 2600 block of First Street, near Bellevue Avenue.

Citing a need to protect their investigation, police have declined to release the teen’s age.

Joseph said the teen suffered a gunshot wound to the right side of his body, above his waist, possibly from a small-caliber firearm.

Police have not disclosed a motive for the shooting but indicated possible gang connections in the case have not been ruled out.

They are asking anyone with information to call the Atwater police at (209) 357-6394. Callers may remain anonymous.