SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY — A 17-year-old was gunned down in San Joaquin County and now investigators need the public’s help to help put his killer in prison.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office reports the murder happened around 7 p.m. Saturday on Wilkie Avenue just outside of Stockton.
Witnesses told FOX40 the sound of gunshots drowned out the neighborhood dogs and Interstate 5.
“About four or five gunshots back to back,” said neighbor Lanishea Williams. “It’s just dangerous. You got to watch out for your kids. That was broad daylight I believe too. It wasn’t even dark when it happened.”
San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrea Lopez said someone shot the teenager behind a steering wheel while he was with his friends.
“And the driver of the vehicle was shot and that was Tony Garcia, who was 17 years old, and he died later at the hospital,” the deputy told FOX40.
Investigators believe two suspects were involved in the shooting. Both are believed to be around 18 years old.
The sheriff’s office says one of the suspects was armed with a black handgun at the time and has been described as a slim, Hispanic man who is 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was clean-shaven with short, faded black hair and was wearing a black beanie, white T-shirt and dark basketball shorts.
The second suspect has been described as a Hispanic or white man who is also 5 feet 8 inches tall. He had curly, black hair and a gray sweater and gray sweatpants.
“It’s very crucial at this point,” Deputy Lopez said. “We are looking into surveillance videos in the area and speaking to witnesses and the additional victims in the car.”
As for Williams and her four kids, she said it may be safer in her home, but that’s not what she wants for her family.
“It’s a shame that you shouldn’t have to feel like that either, you know, when you’re out and about like that, but it’s like that everywhere,” she said.
Anyone who has information about this homicide has been asked to call the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers.