Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputies are looking for two Hispanic men who may have been involved with a deadly shooting that happened at 8:51 on Saturday.
The victim was 57-year-old Gabriel Rodriguez who lived alone in a mobile home park just east of Newman, according to friends.
The shooting happened at Martin’s Mobile Park at the 20000 block of River Road,
“Yes, yes of course. We are very afraid because that never happened before here,” a woman who asked FOX40 not to identify her told us in Spanish.
Rodriguez was talking to a friend outside his trailer that night when shots were fired, the woman said. The friend came running to her house for help.
“We didn’t hear anything, but the guy who came in and told us ... and that’s when we called 911,” she said.
She added that he was shot at least three times in the chest.
The shooting, while scary, may not be random, according to the witness.
“We knew someone had targeted him before but we cannot say anything, only the family,” she said.
“The detectives aren’t releasing any specific details on motive,” Stanislaus County Sheriff's Sgt. Anthony Bejaran said.
Bejaran said their detectives will be following up with witnesses and neighbors over the next few days. They’ve already received some tips.
“We believe that there was two Hispanic male adults in the vehicle that are potential suspects,” Bejaran said.
Deputies said they’re looking for a 1990s single-cab Dodge truck that may have been involved.
If you have any information about this case, please contact Stanislaus County Crime Stoppers at 866-60-CRIME.