STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) — Stockton police released photographs of an SUV after a man was shot Thursday in front of his son and later died at the hospital.
Still images from what appears to be surveillance footage show a white SUV with black details on its hood. Police have connected the vehicle to what they said was a “very brazen” shooting in downtown Stockton that took the life of a 47-year-old man, later identified as Percy Williams, from Stockton.
Around 2:30 p.m., Williams was in a vehicle with his 6-year-old son on North American Street and East Weber Avenue when he was shot, police reported.
Williams was in critical condition when he was taken to the hospital but has since died from his wounds.
Police said Williams’ son was uninjured.
“The action from the suspect was very brazen because the shooting occurred in downtown Stockton in the middle of a day,” said Officer Joe Silva. “A lot of vehicle traffic downtown, and right now we are trying to figure out who that person is. Track that person down and hold them for their actions.”
Stockton has seen 32 homicides this year compared to 42 at the same time last year.
Detectives said that while it’s still early in their homicide investigation, they are working to piece together a motive and what led up to the shooting.
“Any time that you have a shooting like that at a busy intersection, just the sheer actions of that suspect are very brazen,” Silva told FOX40. “And right now, that area is going to be receiving additional attention from the police department until we can figure out exactly what happened.”
Police said at this time they don’t believe the shooting was random.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 209-937-8377. Stockton Crime Stoppers can also be called at 209-946-0600, which will offer a reward for any information that leads to an arrest.