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Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department
Saturday January 13th, 2018 :: 10:03 a.m. PST


Detectives Investigate Homicide in Empire

Empire, CA - On 01-12-18 at about 11:20 p.m., deputies and emergency services personnel responded to multiple 911 calls of shots being fired in the 4800 Block of McNary Court. When deputies arrived, they found three juvenile victims with gunshot wounds and they were transported to the emergency room. One of the victims 16-year-old Michael Webster of Modesto was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The other two victims are expected to survive.

Detectives worked throughout the night processing the crime scene and interviewing witnesses. Preliminary investigation revealed there was a party at the residence and at some point shots were fired. When deputies initially arrived people were already leaving the residence. Detectives believe that there witnesses who were at the party and ask that they come forward to help provide information on the investigation.

There is no suspect information at this time and identification of the victim is pending the autopsy.

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