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Modesto teens' squirt-gun game ends in car crash, possible gunfire

March 26, 2012 | 11:58 am

 Authorities said a water squirt gun game played by some Modesto teenagers turned dangerous Friday night.

A car full of teens, seniors at a Modesto high school, playing “Assassin” pulled up at a traffic light and opened fire with squirt guns on what they thought were fellow teens playing the game, said Deputy Tom Letras of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.

“The victim they shot didn't happen to be another senior; it happened to be someone uninvolved in the game,” Letras told Fox 40 News. He said 26-year-old Benito Victory of Lodi and his girlfriend were inside the truck and got soaked. Instead of laughing off the drenching, Victory took off after the teens.

“As he was chasing them, information we got is that he fired several rounds out of a handgun at the teens,” he said.

Deputies say he chased and fired rounds from a handgun until he flipped his truck on the 6300 block of Carver Road.

Victory was arrested only on suspicion of driving under the influence, but the charges could get more severe if the weapon he allegedly used is found.


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-- Andria Borba, Fox 40