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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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Robbery Suspect Arrested in Lodi

Gaby Muro

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LODI – Lodi Police said a suspect wanted for an armed robbery that occurred January 9th in a Walmart parking lot was arrested.

According to police, 26-year-old Troy Rose was identified by detectives as the suspect in the robbery.

After arrest and search warrants for his apartment were issued, Rose left the area as detectives were waiting to arrest him and a perimeter in the area was established.

Authorities said Rose was found hiding in a backyard of a nearby home and was taken into custody.

During the search in Rose’s apartment several illegally obtained firearms, ammunition, body armor, and jewelry from the robbery were found.

Rose was booked on several charges including robbery, resisting arrest, and multiple weapons violations.

Troy Rose. Photo: Lodi Police Department

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Stockton Police Investigate Homicide

Gaby Muro

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STOCKTON – Police investigated a homicide Thursday evening after a man arrived at a hospital with gunshot wounds.

Authorities said at around 5:36 pm officers responded to the area of Seventh Street and Nightingale Avenue after a report of gunshots fired.

Arriving officers were able to locate a crime scene. It was the discovered that a 28-year-old shooting victim was privately transported from the area and arrived at an area hospital.

Police said the victim later died at the hospital and at the time of publication there was no motive or suspect information available.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police non-emergency number at (209) 937-8377 or the Investigations Division at (209) 937-8323.

Callers who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600.

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Ceres Shooting Case Becomes Homicide

Gaby Muro

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CERES – A double shooting from Monday is now being investigated as a homicide after one victim died from his injuries.

The shooting happened on Malik Avenue near Strawberry Fields Park shortly before 9:00pm Monday.

At the time of the shooting, an official at the scene said one victim was struck in the elbow, the other victim was in surgery.

Ceres Police says investigators were notified January 15th that one of the shooting victims identified as 18-year-old Miguel Peña from Ceres died from his injuries.

Police said investigators are following up on several leads but ask that anyone living in the area who may have surveillance video from that day to contact Detective Jon Vera at (209) 538-5730.

No suspect information was released at the time of publication but anyone with information is encouraged to contact Officer Brian Petersen at (209) 538-5627. If callers wish to remain anonymous they can contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 or 1-866-602-7463.

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