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Teen shot in front of Central Valley High
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An argument led to the shooting of a 19-year-old night school student at Central Valley High School Tuesday evening.

The victim, Francisco Ramero, was shot three times in front of the school at Central and Service. The shooting occurred at approximately 8:50 p.m.

A conscious Ramero was rushed to a Modesto hospital for treatment of wounds that were reportedly non-life threatening.

The suspect's identity is known to police however they would not release the name to the media pending an arrest. Ceres Police Sgt. Allen McKay said the victim and suspect, 18, were students in the same class and that both live in Ceres.

McKay gave this scenario leading up to the shooting: Ramero and the suspect had a stare-down Monday evening at the campus which he described as "mad-dogging." On Tuesday at approximately 8:45 p.m., Ramero arrived at the school with three friends to pick up his homework. Ramero was confronted in the parking lot by the suspect, said McKay, and an argument ensued. The suspect produced a chrome semi-automatic handgun and shot seven times, hitting the Ramero three times - in the torso, right elbow and leg. The gunman then fled on foot.

Ramero was loaded up into the car that he arrived in and four occupants took off northbound into Ceres, possibly on their way to a Modesto hospital. However, on the way the driver stopped to let one of the riders out, then proceeded to drive as far as the Chevron gas station at Central and Whitmore avenues. The driver pulled up to the gas island and then fled on foot, leaving Ramero with one friend. The friend ran into the store to summon the clerk to call 911.

"Certainly there is the possibility that this was gang related," said Ceres Police Sgt. Allen McKay.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact Ceres police detectives unit at 538-5727.