Authorities in Lodi Investigating Homicide at Hale Park

LODI -- Bullet holes in an electrical box and shell casings in the middle the road marked the scene of a homicide investigation at Hale Park in Lodi.

The Lodi Police Department reports 46-year-old Christina Cantu was found shot to death in the park Thursday morning.

Betty Schuchard told FOX40 she found Cantu bleeding from two gunshot wounds.

"I got closer and she wasn't breathing, so I called 911," she said.

Lodi police rushed to the area and blocked off a portion of the park and North Stockton Road between East Elm and Locust streets.

"It's possible that she is a victim of a gunshot wound but I can't say for sure at this point," said Lodi Police Lt. Shad Canestrino.

The police department said Cantu had been in the park for hours. They believe people may have walked by assuming she was just asleep but she had already died from her wounds.

Police report she was killed sometime between midnight and 3 a.m. Thursday.

Investigators said they believe she was targeted.

"There are a couple different theories as to what may have been, what had transpired," Canestrino said. "If she was targeted because of who she was or if she was targeted just because she was transient, I don't know."

The police department says a vehicle may have also been used during the shooting.

Other homeless people at the park said they knew the victim and saw her at the park every day.

"I just talked to her yesterday. She's very sweet," Schuchard said. "She does get crazy and yell and stuff but she's never physical or anything that I've ever seen. She sweeps the sidewalks all the time. She's just a very nice person, very nice."

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