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South Modesto shooting victim dies
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The man shot outside of a South Modesto taco truck Sunday has died of his injuries and deputies are now seeking murder suspects.

Kevin Argueta, 22 Modesto, died Wednesday, the Sheriff's Department confirmed.

Argueta went to a taco truck in the 1200 block of Crowslanding Road with some friends just before 2 a.m. on Sunday. Several men approached them and asked what gang they belonged to. When they said that they were not gang members an argument ensued and one of the men started shooting.

"This was a senseless act of violence," said Sheriff's detective Frank Navarro. "It does not appear that Argueta or his friends were involved in gangs."

Argueta was transported to a local hospital with a gunshot wound to the upper body. He had been in critical condition up until his death.

Another man who was with Argueta was wounded as well. He was treated for a gunshot wound that did not appear to be life threatening.

The suspects fled the scene in a white sedan that was described as being similar to a Honda.

Witnesses at the scene were able to identify suspects who remain at large.

Witnesses at the scene were able to identify two of the suspects. Initially detectives were told that one of the suspects was Michael Pack, 20 Modesto. During follow-up investigations, it was determined that Pack was not involved in this homicide. His brother, Steven Anthony Pack, 18 of Modesto, was identified as the person involved in the shooting. Deputies arrested Steven Pack this morning in South Modesto.

A second suspect was identified as José Barajas, 19 of Modesto.

A third man who witnesses only knew as "Nick" has been identified as Nicolas Castaneda, 18 of Modesto.

"These charges have officially been upgraded to homicide," said Navarro. "It is very important that we find these guys and get them off the streets."

Both men are wanted for murder and they should be considered armed and dangerous.

This is the ninth homicide for Sheriff's detectives since the beginning of the year.

There was no photo available of Barajas at the time of this release. He is described as a Hispanic male, 5'5" tall, 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Authorities had no photo of Barajas to release. He is described as a Hispanic male, 5-foot-5, 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Navarro at 525-7086. Callers may also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636 and be eligible for a reward.