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2 Dead, after “Walk-Up” Shooting in Stockton

Two people are dead after a walk-up shooting in Stockton.

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Since the death of their loved one Sunday, Yvette Gutierrez and her family have been on an emotional roller coaster.

Tips led police to believe Sergio Hernandez may have been involved in the east Sonora street shooting that injured three and killed two others, including Gutierrez’s mother, Juanitia Maldonado.

“Knowing they caught someone made me feel better because I know they’re still looking into the case,” said Gutierrez.

But Thursday, Hernandez voluntarily went to police and after talking with detectives, they released him.

“My hope is that they catch the guys who did it because they took two lives,” said Gutierrez.

On Facebook, Hernandez’s family said he was innocent and that they feel for the victims’ families.

For Gutierrez and her two brothers, they want closure and hope that no one feels the loss they’re dealing with.

“We are trying to keep it together for our family. We are trying to be strong for each other,” said Gutierrez.

A fund for Maldonado’s children has been set up at


Stockton Police say a man they believed was the gunman in a deadly March 17 shooting spoke with detectives Thursday and was released.

Sergio Hernandez, 20, voluntarily walked into the police station. He was wanted for questioning regarding a shooting that killed two people and injured three others.

Hernandez was released after an interview with homicide investigators.

Police hope anyone with information about the shooting can come forward.

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Man Wanted for Questioning in Family Shooting

Sergio Hernandez

Sergio Hernandez is wanted in connection with a shooting on St. Patrick’s Day


Police have identified who they think has information about a shooting that killed two family members, and injuring three others.

Now they need the public’s help to find him.

A gathering outside a Stockton home on St. Patrick’s Day ended in gunfire, leaving a family mourning and asking questions. They remember seeing a few men walk toward the home, then opening fire; Juan Sarrarez and Juanita Maldonado died, three other relatives were injured.

Investigators now say they are looking for 20-year-old Sergio Hernandez for questioning about the shooting. Cops say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about Hernandez’ whereabouts are asked to call Stockton Police at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. Callers can remain anonymous.

Citizens may also text information from their cell phones to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) and type the keyword TIPSPD and then their tip, or logon to the Stockton Police Department’s Facebook page and click ‘Submit A Tip’.


Yvette Gutierrez was at a Stockton gathering on East Sonora Street with her mother Juanita Maldonado, 35, when she saw three men walk toward the home and open fire.

“I see he had a gun and when I saw the gun I wanted to call my mom and tell her I see a guy with a gun,” Gutierrez said.

Five people were shot and one died instantly.

Maldonado laid on the ground begging her daughter to run to safety.

“She told me to go back to the car, but I did not want to leave her there. I know she was with her friends, but I wanted to be there with her,” said Gutierrez.

That was the last time Gutierrez saw her mother.

Now the 16-year-old and her two brothers, Rogelio, 16, and Gabriel, 12, are without their best friend.

Maldonado was described as a mother who would do anything for her children.

“I love her and I always will. She was the best mom ever. She did everything for us,” said Gutierrez

Police described the suspect as a light skinned Hispanic male in his early 20′s. He is average height and weight and has a thin mustache.

He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.

The family is asking anyone with information to come forward even if they remain anonymous.

“Help. We need it because they took our mom,” said Gutierrez.

The family has a home in French Camp they are hoping to save for the children’s sake.

If you would like to help, donations can be made here.


Francisco Juarez and his family were home watching TV when they heard shots fired on East Sonora Street Sunday night.

“When you fire a 9 millimeter, the shots are consistent. These weren’t like that. They were like boom, boom,” said Juarez.

Juarez came out and found Juan Sarrarez, 22, lying on the ground. He died instantly.

Juanita Maldonado, 35 later died at the hospital. Three others were wounded.

“It is hard you know to see something like that. Especially the mother to see her son. It is hard,” said Juarez.

Neighbors say the homeowners were throwing a birthday party when it all happened.

Family and friends placed flowers and a candle at the scene Monday in memory of their loved ones.

“I just want to know why did it happen to him. I miss him. He was very close to his family,” said Sarrarez’s aunt, who chose not to reveal her name.

Police believe the shooting was gang related, but Juarez says the homeowners were a family that kept to themselves. He believes the victims were guests.


Five people were shot, with two of them dying of their injuries, after a drive-by shooting on East Sonora Street near South Walker Lane in Stockton.

Family members say Juan Sarrarez, 22, died. The name of the second person who died has not been released.

Another relative, Reyna Sarrarez was shot in the face. She was transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

Reyna Sarrarez had children and was recently married.

Family members don’t know who would do this to their family and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Stockton Police are still investigating the scene.


Police are investigating a shooting that has taken the life of one person.

The shooting reportedly happened near E Sonora and S Locust streets sometime around 8 p.m.

Officer Joe Silva with the Stockton Police Department confirms that one person has died, with four others being hurt.

More information to come. Stick with FOX40 for updates.