Lodi Police Investigate Second Homicide in 24 Hours

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The Lodi Police Department is now investigating whether two fatal shootings which took place within 24 hours of each other are connected, officials said.

Authorities say the first homicide, which happened on the 700 block of South Garfield Street, was a drive-by shooting. The victim, 20-year-old Silvestre Guzman, was reportedly standing in his home's driveway with friends Sunday afternoon when a light-colored SUV with three to four passengers began firing shots, police said.

Guzman was shot in the back and later died in an area hospital.

Police responded to a second shooting early Monday morning on the 500 block of E. Oak Street. When officers arrived to the scene, they located a 27-year-old male victim sitting in a truck suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The man, who a family member identified as Louis DeLatorre, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Officers arrived and declared the 27-year-old dead. He was in his car, possibly going to work," Lt. Sierra Brucia said at the scene.

According to the Lodi Police Department, detectives are trying to determine whether Sunday's shooting is gang related, and if Monday's shooting was in retaliation or if it was unrelated.

Investigators are searching the scene for evidence and trying to locate possible witnesses to Monday's shooting for which there are no current known suspects.

If you have any information regarding either shooting, call the Lodi Police Department at (209) 333-6727 or the Lodi area Crimestoppers.



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