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Teen Shot and Killed in Fast-Food Drive-Thru

Carlos Rodriguez

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STOCKTON – Police investigated a shooting Friday afternoon in a busy shopping center that claimed the life of a 15 year old boy.

Shortly before 4:00pm, police responded to a report of a shooting near the area of Wilson Way and East Park Street. A woman and her 15 year old son were in a fast-food drive-thru when a suspect or suspects approached and fired a gun several times into their vehicle.

The teen was rushed to a hospital for care, but died from his injuries. The boy’s mother was apparently unharmed.

A large part of the Eastland Plaza was taped off as a crime scene. Investigators examined the area and documented evidence. A Porsche SUV remained parked in the drive-thru for several hours with broken windows, presumably where the suspect(s) had opened fire.

Officer Joseph Silva, spokesman for the Stockton Police Department, said the shopping center would have been heavily populated at the time of the shooting. He described the crime as a “bold act committed by cowards with guns.”

“We heard a sound, like someone was pounding on our door,” an employee of a business in the shopping center explained. The employee spoke on condition of anonymity. “The second noise got our attention and everyone’s heads turned. That’s when we realized it was gun shots.”

Others in the shopping center who were curious about what happened could not make sense of the crime.

Authorities were not sure of a motive, but did not believe the shooting was random. Officials believe there were several witnesses and are encouraging them to come forward with information, anonymously if necessary.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact investigators at (209) 937-8323, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 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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Sonora Street Homicide Investigated

Carlos Rodriguez

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STOCKTON – Police investigated the shooting death of a 40 year old man on Sonora Street Sunday night.

At about 6:49pm police officers responded to the 2400 block of East Sonora Street for a report of a shooting. Arriving officers found a 40 year old man who had been shot. He was rushed to a hospital where he died.

Detectives responded to investigate the case. Police said there was no motive or suspect information as of Monday morning.

Anyone with information regarding this case can call investigators at (209) 937-8323 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Ceres Shooting Claims Life of Motorist

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CERES – A shooting Thursday night killed a motorist, becoming the city’s second homicide investigation in two weeks.

At about 6:28pm officers responded to the area of Kay and Magnolia Streets for a vehicle collision where the motorist appeared shot. Arriving officers found the driver shot inside the vehicle, which had collided into a parked car just west of the intersection.

Officers pulled the driver out of the vehicle and began life-saving measures until medics arrived. He was transported to a hospital where he died. Authorities identified him as 26 year old Alexis Perez of Ceres.

Detectives responded to examine the scene and gather evidence. The vehicle, a white Honda Accord, had front end collision damage and airbags deployed.

Sergeant Vince Hooper with the Ceres Police Department said investigators were looking for any witnesses or anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious in the area. Sergeant Hooper said they had no information on a suspect Thursday night.

Investigators were working to determine if there may be any relation to last week’s shooting on Malik Avenue.

Anyone with information regarding this case can contact Detective Matthew Berlier at (209) 538-5616.

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Armed Suspect Captured After Pursuit, Crash

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STOCKTON – A pursuit involving an armed suspect ended in a collision Monday evening.

At about 6:33pm an officer tried to pull over a vehicle and recognized the motorist as someone who was on post release community supervision for gun charges. The driver did not stop and led the officer on a pursuit.

The suspect vehicle collided into a pole near the intersection of East Miner Avenue and North Pilgrim Street. The Stockton Police vehicle behind the suspect collided into the duplex on the corner.

The officer in the vehicle and one occupant of the home were taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

Police say the suspect was apprehended and found with a firearm in his possession. Their identity was not available Monday night.

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