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Stockton’s 40th Homicide: 24-Year-Old Shot in Park in Broad Daylight

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STOCKTON --

A 24-year-old man died at the hospital after suffering a gunshot wound at Louis Park. This is the city's 40th homicide of the year.

Officer Joe Silva of the Stockton Police Department said the incident began when two groups had some sort of argument while at Shimizu Drive, inside park grounds. That led to a shooting, and the eventual death of the 24-year-old.

One woman told FOX40 off-camera, she heard several gunshots around 10:15 a.m. Friday, and minutes later, a man came running into the alley next to her home screaming, "I'm hit! I'm hurt!"

Authorities said there were two scenes. The first, near the road where they found all the shell casings. The second was a few yards away, where they discovered the victim, lying next to a gun.

Neighbors said this is the exact location of a gang shooting that killed Aaron Kelly Jr., an innocent 13-year-old boy. Since then the community has become much more vigilant.

 

"We had more officers out here that started patrolling this neighborhood. People got involved in neighborhood watch groups," Officer Silva said. "In the last couple of years, for the most part, we haven't had any major incidents, until this morning."

 

Since this incident, this park has again become a high patrol area.

 

"This neighborhood is definitely getting some special attention from the police department," Officer Silva said. "Our community wide response teams, and community wide gang task force are going to be out here, to try to figure out what happened, and more importantly to prevent other retaliatory shootings from occurring."

 

The 24-year-old man's identity has not yet been released. Police said despite witness statements about a possible injured man running from the scene, there have been no reports of gunshot victims admitted to area hospitals.