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Second Arrest Made in Turlock Homicide Case

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Juan Jose Cruz Jr, Miguel Saldate - Turlock Police Department.

TURLOCK – Authorities announced charges against a second suspect in a recent shooting death Thursday morning.

The investigation stemmed from the fatal shooting of 26 year old Mario Meza, a resident of Modesto. The homicide occurred on September 7th at about 4:15am near the 200 block of North Tully Road.

Police initially detained 20 year old Miguel Saldate, who was arrested and charged with several felony charges including homicide. Detectives investigating the case identified a second individual, 19 year old Juan Jose Cruz Junior as a suspect.

Authorities interviewed Cruz at the Turlock Police Department on Wednesday September 9th. He was arrested and also charged with homicide, attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Authorities booked him into the Stanislaus County Jail.

It is unclear if there were more parties involved in the incident, however investigators are working to identify all who were.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Timothy Redd at (209) 664-7325, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

Carlos Rodriguez is an Emmy Award winning photojournalist specializing in public safety and natural disasters. His passion for local news stems from a deep commitment to his community, with a selfless mission to inform the citizens of the valley. As he worked on assignment for 19 days at the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise, California, he spent most of his time helping survivors contact their loved ones to let them know they were ok. Carlos is a veteran of Univision, FOX, and Telemundo TV stations and a native of Modesto, California.

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Gateway Court Shooting Investigated

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STOCKTON – Police investigated a shooting that wounded one person Monday night.

The shooting happened shortly before 10:15pm near the 100 block of Gateway Court just south of March Lane. One injured person was taken by ambulance to a hospital. Their condition was unknown at time of publication.

Gateway Court was closed off with crime scene tape. Officers at the scene searched the roadway for signs of evidence.

There was no motive or suspect information Monday night.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Update: Stockton Shooting Suspect Arrested

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STOCKTON – Police arrested a suspect in connection to a fatal shooting that claimed the life of a 27 year old man.

Officers with the Stockton Police Department responded to the shooting shortly after 9:30pm Sunday night at the Bella Vista building. The building sits at the corner of El Dorado Street and Weber Avenue.

Arriving officers found the victim who died at the scene despite life saving efforts. Detectives responded to take over the investigation.

Witnesses in the area reported hearing at least one gun shot and said there was a rooftop party happening at the location.

Monday afternoon, police announced the arrest of 27 year old Jesse Corral. He was apprehended by the Stockton Police Gang Violence Suppression Unit, AB109 Task Force and Federal Probation Officers from Modesto.

Jesse Corral

A flyer for an event at building highlighted three DJ’s with the event lasting from 4:30pm until 10:00pm. Bella Vista released a statement Monday regarding the incident.

“We are saddened by the tragic incident that occurred last night at an event hosted by Cali Fresh Promotions at Bella Vista Rooftop & Events. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victim and his family.”

“The entire team at BellaVista Rooftop is cooperating with the Stockton Police Department. We have hosted thousands of people safely at the rooftop of the Hotel Stockton. It is a beautiful setting that should be enjoyed by all in the community. It is a shame one person would try to spoil this venue for an entire community. Our pledge is not to let this happen.”

“However, in light of last night’s incident, Motown Thursday, Latin Night Friday, and Sunday Rooftop Day Party will be suspended temporarily.”

Authorities ask anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact police or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Police Investigate Rooftop Party Shooting

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STOCKTON – Police responded to a report of a person shot at a rooftop party Sunday night.

Officers with the Stockton Police Department responded to the shooting shortly after 9:30pm at the Bella Vista building. The building sits at the corner of El Dorado Street and Weber Avenue.

Witnesses in the area reported hearing at least one gun shot. Early indications suggest officers were providing care to one victim. Their condition at time of publication was unavailable.

The area was closed off with crime scene tape. The intersection was flooded with police cars, fire engines and ambulance personnel.

No suspect information or motive was available Sunday night.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600.

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