STOCKTON — An emotional crowd gathered at a north Stockton apartment complex where a man was fatally shot Wednesday night, crying, screaming, pounding on vehicles in the parking lot and in one case hurling expletives at police.
The shooting occurred about 7:15 p.m. in the 200 block of West Benjamin Holt Drive, just west of North El Dorado Street. Officers arrived to find a 22-year-old man lying just inside a downstairs apartment unit. Paramedics arrived and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
Authorities have not released the victim’s name pending notification of family. His death marks the 49th homicide Stockton police have investigated this year, matching the total from 2014.
Residents said they heard two gunshots followed by the sound of people screaming.
“We have two kids, so we went straight to them,” said Misha Webster, 24, who lives in the complex. “This is very scary. Too close to home.”
Dom Jones, 21, agreed. “It’s not even 100 feet away,” he said.
Rosie Calderon, a spokeswoman for the Stockton Police Department, said investigators were still trying to establish a motive for the shooting and had no description of the shooter.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Police Department at (209) 937-8377, the Investigations Unit at (209) 937-8323 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $10,000. Callers can remain anonymous.
Cellphone users can text information to 274637 (CRIMES) by entering the keyword “TIPSPD”