One man sustained a broken nose and another was shot after things got heated following an early Saturday morning Ceres traffic collision.
The shooting victim was reportedly in critical condition at a Modesto hospital.
According to Ceres Police Department spokesman Lt. Chris Perry, the incident occurred at 12:54 a.m. at Don Pedro and Collins roads. Officer Ross Bays was first to arrive with assisting officers and located a blue 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer being pushed to the side of the road by 18-year-old Dylan James of Modesto who was bleeding from his face. James had just left his uncle's home and was heading home eastbound on Don Pedro Road. As he passed 2513 Don Pedro Road, a silver sedan came speeding around the corner from Moffet Road, heading westbound, and collided into his vehicle. James got out of his car and confronted female driver, Alicia Munoz, 20, of Modesto.
Three males with Munoz jumped out as if to fight, causing James to retreat to his car to look for something to defend himself with. Police said that Robert Davis Jr., 20, of Modesto, produced a black semi-auto pistol and fired a shot in the air after exchanging words with James. Davis then allegedly struck James in the face with the pistol, breaking his nose and firing off the gun. A round had struck another of Munoz's passengers, Malcolm Gray. Gray cried out "I'm hit" and fell. He was picked up and carried to Munoz's car by the two other males. A pool of blood marked the spot where he fell as Munoz drove the car off with her party southbound on Collins Road from Don Pedro Road.
A short time later, Memorial Medical Center emergency room staff called stating that Gray arrived with a gunshot wound to the chest. Modesto and Ceres Police officers responded and detained everyone involved. The weapon used was a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun that has not been located.
Davis was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful discharge of a firearm. He was booked in to the Stanislaus County Jail.
Gray is currently in critical but stable condition.