New Information Released in Deadly Stockton Theater Shooting

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Stockton Police say these three men may be the key to solving the nearly month-old murder of Francisco Sanchez.

Police say two document gang members, 19-year-old Miguel Gallardo and 24-year-old Jimmie Zavala, along with 24-year-old Michael Moreno are “persons of interest” in an April 25 shooting outside the Cineplex in downtown Stockton.

And it is a few seconds of grainy surveillance video that may be leading them to the solution of that murder near one of Stockton’s busiest nightspots.

“He was a good man and he was shot by what I believe to be a wicked person,” Ashley Sanchez said.

Sanchez lost her husband of 10 years in that shooting. Stockton Police Monday called a press conference to let everyone get a look at  the surveillance video.

And it just may have worked.

“Once we did that, we had overwhelming support from the citizens of Stockton – giving us tips, calling Crime Stoppers,” said Joe Silva, spokesman for the Stockton Police Department. “These men are not classified as suspects at this point. But you’ve got to remember two of them are documented gang members. So we want people to be careful if they see them.”

For Mrs. Sanchez and the 5-year-old son she was raising with her husband Francisco before he was killed, the tips and leads have given her something to hope for.

“Nothing’s going to bring my husband back,” Sanchez said. “But to know that the people responsible for this will have to pay.”

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