Stockton killings: 2 more shootings linked to killing in Stockton, California, police say



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Two other shootings are connected to recent killings in Stockton, California, investigators said.

Police already believe five homicides between July 8 and Sept. 27 are related, they said, and a combined $95,000 reward is available for information leading to the arrest of the killer or killers.

Now, two pre-dawn shootings in 2021 have also been linked to the latest string of homicides, Stockton police announced on Facebook late Monday:

– On April 10, 2021, a 40-year-old Hispanic man was shot and killed in Oakland, California.

– On April 16, 2021, a 46-year-old black woman was shot at Park and Union streets in Stockton; he survived.

CNN has reached out to Stockton police for more information on the connection between the 2021 and 2022 cases.

Police posted an image on Facebook showing the back of a person dressed in black and said they may be connected to the investigation.

“Please don’t be a victim, stay alert, keep your head on a swivel, stay where it’s on, communicate,” McFadden added. “We need you, we need your help, we need your advice and we need to help you stop spreading misinformation.”

Four of the victims in this year’s homicides were Hispanic men between the ages of 21 and 54, and the fifth victim was a 35-year-old white man, police said.

None of the shooting victims have been publicly identified by police.

In the five related homicides this year, each victim was alone and was shot in the afternoon or early morning, police said.

It is unclear whether the victims were known to the target and the suspect or whether they were selected at random, officials said.

The attacks were not related to robberies or gang activity in the area, Stockton police said Friday at a news conference.

“It wasn’t a robbery, they weren’t stealing items, they weren’t talking about gang activity in the area or anything. It’s just an element of surprise,” Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden said.

The city of Stockton and Stockton Crime Stoppers are offering an $85,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, according to a Facebook post Friday. Owner of a local construction company he gave another $10,000 for information reward.