Suspects Fatally Shoot Man, Injure 17-Year-Old in Lodi Home

LODI -- Just after midnight Sunday deadly gunfire inside a Lodi home echoed down Louie Avenue.

"It was very loud, it sounded like it was at our house," said neighbor Amber West.

The shots were so loud West said she thought something had happened right outside her home a block away.

"What sounded like a knock at the door or I thought one of our kids was in the living room maybe hitting the furniture or something, we have little ones," West said.

Residents weren’t the only ones who heard what was going on. Police were already nearby when the shooting occurred.

"We actually had units out in the field at the time they heard what they thought was six to seven shots," said Lodi Police Lt. Mike Manetti.

Lodi police say two people were shot. One, a 17-year-old boy, was hit in the hand and is expected to be OK.

The other was a 26-year-old man who was shot in the chest and declared dead after attempts to save him failed.

Police say they don’t have a motive but did say they believe it all started when three suspects entered the home "unannounced," according to Manetti. He added that it was not a random incident.

Regardless, it is the latest homicide in Lodi on a street where neighbors say they did not see it coming.

"It makes me sad to see things like that happen and just thoughts prayers are with their family," West said.

The Lodi Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding this shooting to contact them at 209-333-6727 or Detective Nickel at 209-333-5545.
You may also contact the Lodi Area Crime Stoppers at 209-369-2746 to remain anonymous. Please reference case number 18-6796.

Taylor Saenz contributed to this report.

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