According to Tracy police Sgt. Tony Sheneman, a fight broke out at about 1 a.m. Saturday inside Amore’s, an Italian restaurant that turns into a dance club after dark on the corner of 11th and A streets.
After the combatants were kicked out by Amore's security, Sheneman said, at least eight gunshots were fired into the crowd and into the restaurant. One man was hit in the head and was taken to San Joaquin General Hospital via ambulance, where as of 5 a.m. he was in critical condition, according to doctors at the hospital.
According to Sheneman, the other six victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
As of 3:30 a.m., two had been treated and released from Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, two were at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Stockton, one was in the care of Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Manteca, and the seventh had also been taken to a local hospital.
Just after the shooting, Sheneman said that three men could have been involved and that police are still trying to ascertain the identity of the possible suspects. He said a gang investigation crew was on scene, but he wasn't certain if gangs were involved in the shooting.
Witnesses at the scene said that after the shots were fired, several men fled in varying directions, including one with a noticeable limp.
The police department set up its mobile command center outside Amore’s, and the investigation continued into the wee hours.
Crime scene technicians catalogued the shell casings scattered between vehicles in the parking lot and documented the blood stains on the restaurant’s floor. At least one bullet appeared to have lodged in a sign outside the eatery, and the restaurant’s heavy wooden chairs were left cockeyed as fleeing patrons had left them.
As of 5 a.m., police tape had shut down A Street and the restaurant’s parking lot. Eleventh Street was clear to through traffic.
Amore’s shares a rear parking lot with the Tracy Press.
When asked if he could recall any similar incident in his nine years as part of the Tracy police force, Sheneman said he could not.
Sheneman said that police are in the process of identifying suspects, and he asked any one with information to call 831-4550.
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