STOCKTON – The young man killed in a shooting over the weekend was soon to be the father of a baby girl, friends and family said.
A gathering in honor of Xavier Gonzalez was held near the intersection of Marsh Street and Golden Gate Avenue where he was shot Saturday. Flowers, candles, balloons and posters lined the sidewalk.
“He was a family man, he was all about his family,” his cousin Tina Ramirez said.
Relatives couldn’t make sense of his loss. Some at the memorial said it was unreal and pleaded for the violence to stop. They said the area was where the victim grew up.
Gonzalez was found shot Saturday around 1:00pm after police responded to the area for a report of gunfire. He was rushed to a hospital but later died.
Police said a 17 year old boy was also injured in the shooting. He was transported by a private vehicle to a hospital for care of his injuries and was expected to survive.
No motive or suspect information was available. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact police at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.
Sonora Street Homicide Investigated
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.
Ceres Shooting Claims Life of Motorist
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.
Armed Suspect Captured After Pursuit, Crash
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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