Man Shot Dead in Stockton; Detectives Investigating

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STOCKTON -- A man was shot dead in Stockton on Monday morning.

The Stockton Police Department said it happened near Sutter Street and Hazelton Avenue.

FOX40 spoke with a witness off camera because she said she was afraid of retaliation. She said a little before noon Monday she heard several gunshots, that's when she saw a man walking and then fall.

The man then started dragging himself, looking for help. He was apparently shot in the stomach.

She also said she saw a group of people in the distance running away after the gunshots. The witness called 911 right away, and she said first responders tried to revive the man with CPR. The victim died at the scene.

The woman recognized the victim and said he was a nice man who never caused any problems.

Stockton police investigators are trying to figure out who the victim is. They have only released that he is an adult male.

"We don’t know why the victim was in the area. This is still a very active investigation, so our officers are out walking the slough, trying to talk to people who may know the victim, and we could try to figure out exactly what events led up this shooting. But at this point, we don’t have any suspect information or a motive,” said Officer Joe Silva, a spokesman with the Stockton Police Department.

The area is known to many as a large homeless encampment, and officers said they are piecing together whether the victim lived at the encampment.

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