Police: Five killings may be work of serial killer
A serial killer may have ambushed five men in central California separately in recent months, shooting them to death alone in the dark, and police are baffled as to why the victims were targeted. (Oct. 3)
Police have linked two shootings that occurred in April 2021 in Stockton and Oakland, California to a series of five similar slayings under investigation by local and federal investigators, Stockton Police reported Monday.
The first shooting, on April 10 at about 4:18 a.m., resulted in the death of a 40-year-old Hispanic man in Oakland, police said.
The second shooting occurred on April 16 in Stockton, police said. A 46-year-old Black woman was shot at about 3:20 a.m. and survived her injuries, according to police.
Investigators believe the two cases are part of a pattern of five shootings in which victims, some homeless, were assaulted while outside in isolated areas in the early morning hours, police said. The five shootings occurred from July 8 to Sept. 27.
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A person of interest is being sought in connection with the cases, Police Chief Stanley McFadden announced Friday.
Investigators determined that the two new cases were connected to the five known cases using ballistics testing, which showed that the same type of weapon was used, according to Stockton Police spokesman Officer Joseph Silva.
Silva said he could not disclose the specific type of weapon used for the integrity of the investigation.
Police interviewed the survivor of the April 16 shooting last year, and plan to conduct additional interviews with her, according to Silva.
On Monday, Stockton Police also reported that the reward for information leading to an arrest in the investigation was increased from $85,000 to $95,000 after the owner of a local construction business donated $10,000 to the reward funds.
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