Two Men Killed in Shooting Outside Lodi Convenience Store

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UPDATE: Lodi Police say 24-year-old Jaime Mora turned himself in Friday.

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LODI -- Two men were shot and killed outside of a Lodi convenience store early Sunday morning.

Neighbors grew worried about the violence happening so close to home. But the sound of gunfire is nothing new for neighbor Juan Garcia.

"It’s not surprising anymore, honestly, which is sad," Garcia told FOX40.

However, it's never been this close to his Lodi home.

"We came outside, me and my wife, and we actually saw them doing CPR to one of the victims in the middle of the parking lot," Garcia said.

Two men were shot and killed in a parking lot in the area of South Cherokee Lane near East Lodi Avenue around 2 a.m.

"That was scary to see, especially so close to home, you know," Garcia said.

Police say a 35-year-old man and a 21-year-old man were involved in some sort of argument with at least one other person.

Both men were then shot and killed.

"From the initial scene we can tell right now that they weren't shooting at each other," said Lodi Police Officer William Hinton. "They weren’t involved in anything with each other. But that motive is still not known."

On Monday, the police department identified the victims as Gerardo Maldonado De Santiago, 35, of Lodi and Brian Soto, 21, of Stockton.

A gun that may have been used in the shooting was found at a nearby business, according to police.

Police are looking at surveillance footage from nearby businesses but have not yet released any suspect descriptions.

This marks the eighth homicide of the year. That is up from just one homicide all of last year and five the year before.

"We’ve lived here about seven, eight years and it has been getting worse," Garcia said. "It wasn’t always like this in this area."

But police say they’re doing everything in their power to keep neighbors safe.

"So it is a little high but I think this is still a safe community and we’re still doing everything we can to keep it that way," Hinton told FOX40.

If you know anything about what happened you’re asked to call the Lodi Police Department.


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