Friends identified the 30-year-old man who was fatally shot in Stockton on Sunday afternoon as a father and aspiring rapper named James "Rrari" Gorman.
Stockton Police said they responded to a call of shots fired near Dalewood in Stockton. A short time later, they found the 30-year-old clinging to life inside a Porsche at the intersection of Hammer Lane and Lan Ark. Police say he later died at an area hospital.
Gorman recently posted parole discharge papers to his Facebook page, celebrating a new lease on life.
"When you're younger, you get into a lot of stuff. Especially out here. But, it's like he was finally figuring out this whole life situation," Gorman's music producer DeJon Underdue said.
Underdue told FOX40 that Gorman's children were robbed at a park on Sunday. When they returned home without their shoes and other items, Underdue said Gorman went out looking for the suspects.
"He went to go see what was going, or get their stuff back and that's pretty much. That was the end of that," Underdue said.
"He was really on the, really old school way of handling things. Either talking it out, and if you can't talk it out than fight like a man. But all the shooting and stuff, that wasn't his legacy," Paul Brinkley said.
Brinkley, also known as Ncredable, is a fellow rapper and friend of Gorman. Ironically, he said that Gorman was known for making memorial tribute songs for his fallen friends. Brinkley said he now plans to make a memorial song for Gorman.
"There isn't many people that will live their life trying to make something right for this place and he was one of them," Brinkley said.
Friends said Gorman recently chose parenthood over his past and was looking forward to the future in Stockton.
"His kids was just with him and just saw him, and now he's gone," Underdue said.
If you have any information about the shooting, contact Stockton Police at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. Callers can remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards of up to $10,000.