Update: Arrest made, IDs released in shooting behind Modesto tattoo parlor

Man is fatally shot off McHenry Avenue in Modesto

Police in Modesto, CA, responded to a fatal shooting in an alley behind McHenry Avenue on Friday, March 15, 2019.
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Police in Modesto, CA, responded to a fatal shooting in an alley behind McHenry Avenue on Friday, March 15, 2019.

UPDATE: An arrest was made in the shooting death of a 25-year-old man behind a tattoo and piercing parlor on Modesto’s McHenry Avenue on Friday night.

According to a Modesto Police Department press release, Jeremy Don Fennell, 36, a one-time candidate in a Riverbank City Council race, was arrested on murder charges Friday night, hours after the shooting behind Sin Cal Industries, which is at 3117 McHenry.

The victim has been identified as Lawrence Walker.

The release said Walker was shot and killed after an argument.

Fennell was booked into Stanislaus County Jail at 7:30 p.m. No bail amount has been listed.

According to a Modesto Bee story in 2013, Fennell, owner of the store, was a candidate in a special election for an open seat on the Riverbank City Council. He finished third behind winner Cal Campbell and Diana Gonzalez.

The story reported that Fennell owned Sin Cal Industries in the Crossroads Shopping Center. He said following the count of the results that he appreciated the positive tone of the campaign.

“I’m still young,” he said. “I definitely am going to stay involved with the community.”

Earlier Friday, Officer Adam Foster said the shooter had been cooperating with detectives and had a concealed carry permit.


Here is the original story:

A man was shot to death by an employee of a McHenry Avenue business on Friday afternoon, police said.

The employee from Sin-Cal Industries, a tattoo and piercing parlor at 3117 McHenry Ave., confronted two men in an alley behind the business just after noon, according to Officer Adam Foster of the Modesto Police Department.

He shot one of the men, Foster said.

There was no immediate information about what started the conflict. The man who was shot was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died. He has not been identified.

The employee had an up-to-date concealed carry license, and has cooperated with detectives, Foster said. He has not been arrested.

The investigation remained in its preliminary stages Friday evening.

The Modesto Bee was unable to contact Sin-Cal by phone, and the front door of the business was locked Friday afternoon. A sign said it normally is open until 9 p.m.