A man Stockton police say allegedly shot a Subway employee to death was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon.
Steven Allee, 32, was caught in a Lodi neighborhood this afternoon after police learned he was hiding out under a tarp near Alpine and Kettleman.
Police said Allee allegedly robbed the Subway restaurant on East Hammer and Holman Road about 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Jerry James Lucero, 43, was closing up the store when Allee allegedly fired his gun striking Lucero. The store manager later died in the hospital.
The Subway restaurant where the shooting took place was closed Wednesday and a sign commemorating Lucero was posted.
"Well he was really friendly,” Stephanie Zepada, a store owner who knows the victim said.
Lucero was always just a store away from Zepada, enough to leave a lasting impact on this young woman.
"My little brother always goes out of the store and goes next door to Subway," she said. "And he always treats my little brother, like, really nice. "
Zepada told FOX40 she heard the heartbreaking news of his death Tuesday night.
Wednesday morning, Stockton Police received a tip that their suspected shooter was in a house near Alpine and Kettleman in Lodi. About 1:30, SWAT, U.S. Marshals, Lodi and Stockton police officers nabbed their guy.
"It was relayed to us that the suspect was hiding under a tarp behind a residence,” Officer Joe Silva, a spokesman for the Stockton Police Department, said.
Allee was taken into custody peacefully, investigators are looking into why Allee was hiding in this neighborhood. They add they also found a piece of evidence that may link Allee to the shooting.
"So at that point, he surrendered peacefully and when searching the area nearby where the suspect was apprehended, they located a firearm,” Silva said.
Those who work nearby are relieved Allee is behind bars, but the heartbreak remains.
“It's sad, like losing someone that's really close to you, and yeah, I feel bad,” Zepada said.