Stockton serial killings: Everything we know and don’t know so far

Five recent shooting deaths in Stockton — and one in Oakland last year — appear to be connected, prompting police to call the incidents a “series of killings.” Along with the five deaths in Stockton and one in Oakland, the shooting of a woman in Stockton last year who survived is also linked in connection with the serial killings.| MORE | 2 more shootings linked in Stockton serial killings; woman survived 2021 attackHere’s everything we know so far about the shootings:Who was killed? Six men were killed — five in Stockton this year and one in Oakland last year. The victims were identified by police as:35-year-old Paul Alexander Yaw43-year-old Salvador William Debudey Jr.21-year-old Jonathan Hernandez Rodriguez52-year-old Juan Cruz52-year-old Lorenzo Lopez The victim in Oakland was a 40-year-old Hispanic man. Affiliate KTVU reported that the coroner identified the man as Juan Miguel Vasquez Serrano.| MORE | What we’re learning about victims of the Stockton serial killingsWho was wounded? A 46-year-old Black woman is the only known survivor of the shootings. Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden said the woman biked to an encampment at Park and Union streets in Stockton where she was shot on April 16, 2021, at around 3:30 am The woman was by a tent when she saw a man, dressed in all dark clothing, wearing a dark face mask and a dark jacket. She said the man was anywhere between 5 foot 10 inches to 6 foot 2 inches.The woman told police that no words were exchanged between them and that she tried defending herself by advancing toward him. She was hit multiple times by gunfire. Where did the shootings happen? Most of the deadly shootings happened in Stockton within a four-mile radius of one another. The shooting where the woman survived to the south of the five deadly shootings. Here’s a map with more information: When did the shootings happen? The five deadly Stockton shootings that happened this year ranged from July 8 to Sept. 27. The shooting in Stockton where the woman survived April 16, 2021. The Oakland deadly shooting happened April 10, 2021. McFadden noted an inconsistent span of time between each attack. The time spent between the first attack on April 10, 2021, and the next one was six days. The time spent between that second attack and the third was 448 days.From the third attack to the fourth attack, 34 days passed, McFadden said. From the fifth attack to the sixth attack, 22 days passed. And from the sixth attack to the last known attack on Sept. 27 was six days.Is anyone being targeted? It’s unclear if anyone is being targeted, but it’s notable that five victims out of the seven shootings were Hispanic men. Stockton police don’t believe that there is any indication that these are hate crimes.What do the shootings have in common? McFadden said in a press conference that the shootings tend to have a pattern: They happen when it’s dark, late at night, and when people are by themselves in badly lit areas. The victims also appear to have been caught by surprise, he said. Why do police think the shootings are connected?Stockton police have confirmed that ballistics tests have linked the shootings to one another, but police are not saying if all shootings are linked to the same gun.At some point, McFadden during a Tuesday briefing said he had “absolutely no answer as to why that pistol went dormant for over 400 days” in reference to the time spent between the second attack and the third one. They also have video footage of a person of interest from some of the incidents. Are there any suspects or arrests made? No arrests have been made and no suspects have been identified, but McFadden said they were looking into a person of interest and released video on Oct. 4. At this time, it’s unclear if the person of interest is a suspect or witness, he said.How many people are believed to be involved in the killings?Police are not sure how many suspects could be involved, and officials believe there may even be multiple people involved in the shootings. “To be honest, we just don’t know,” Stockton Police Officer Joseph Silva told the Associated Press. “This person or people who are out doing this, they are definitely very bold and brazen.”Is there a tip line set up for police? How to report information? A $125,000 cash reward has been offered to anyone who can bring information that leads to an arrest in any of the investigations, police said.A tip line was also opened for people to submit information at 209-937-8167. People can email tips to at [email protected] Video surveillance can be submitted to Stocktonpdca.evidence.com.

Five recent shooting deaths in Stockton — and one in Oakland last year — appear to be connected, prompting police to call the incidents a “series of killings.”

Along with the five deaths in Stockton and one in Oakland, the shooting of a woman in Stockton last year who survived is also linked in connection with the serial killings.

| MORE | 2 more shootings linked in Stockton serial killings; woman survived 2021 attack

Here’s everything we know so far about the shootings:

Who was killed?

Six men were killed — five in Stockton this year and one in Oakland last year. The victims were identified by police as:

The victim in Oakland was a 40-year-old Hispanic man. Affiliate KTVU reported that the coroner identified the man as Juan Miguel Vasquez Serrano.

| MORE | What we’re learning about victims of the Stockton serial killings

Who was wounded?

A 46-year-old Black woman is the only known survivor of the shootings. Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden said the woman biked to an encampment at Park and Union streets in Stockton where she was shot on April 16, 2021, at around 3:30 am

The woman was by a tent when she saw a man, dressed in all dark clothing, wearing a dark face mask and a dark jacket. She said the man was anywhere between 5 foot 10 inches to 6 foot 2 inches.

The woman told police that no words were exchanged between them and that she tried defending herself by advancing toward him. She was hit multiple times by gunfire.

Where did the shootings happen?

Most of the deadly shootings happened in Stockton within a four-mile radius of one another. The shooting where the woman survived to the south of the five deadly shootings.

Here’s a map with more information:

When did the shootings happen?

The five deadly Stockton shootings that happened this year ranged from July 8 to Sept. 27.

The shooting in Stockton where the woman survived April 16, 2021. The Oakland deadly shooting happened April 10, 2021.

McFadden noted an inconsistent span of time between each attack. The time spent between the first attack on April 10, 2021, and the next one was six days. The time spent between that second attack and the third was 448 days.

From the third attack to the fourth attack, 34 days passed, McFadden said. From the fifth attack to the sixth attack, 22 days passed. And from the sixth attack to the last known attack on Sept. 27 was six days.

Is anyone being targeted?

It’s unclear if anyone is being targeted, but it’s notable that five victims out of the seven shootings were Hispanic men.

Stockton police don’t believe that there is any indication that these are hate crimes.

What do the shootings have in common?

McFadden said in a press conference that the shootings tend to have a pattern: They happen when it’s dark, late at night, and when people are by themselves in badly lit areas.

The victims also appear to have been caught by surprise, he said.

Why do police think the shootings are connected?

Stockton police have confirmed that ballistics tests have linked the shootings to one another, but police are not saying if all shootings are linked to the same gun.

At some point, McFadden during a Tuesday briefing said he had “absolutely no answer as to why that pistol went dormant for over 400 days” in reference to the time spent between the second attack and the third one.

They also have video footage of a person of interest from some of the incidents.

Are there any suspects or arrests made?

No arrests have been made and no suspects have been identified, but McFadden said they were looking into a person of interest and released video on Oct. 4.

Stockton Police Department

At this time, it’s unclear if the person of interest is a suspect or witness, he said.

How many people are believed to be involved in the killings?

Police are not sure how many suspects could be involved, and officials believe there may even be multiple people involved in the shootings.

“To be honest, we just don’t know,” Stockton Police Officer Joseph Silva told the Associated Press. “This person or people who are out doing this, they are definitely very bold and brazen.”

Is there a tip line set up for police? How to report information?

A $125,000 cash reward has been offered to anyone who can bring information that leads to an arrest in any of the investigations, police said.

A tip line was also opened for people to submit information at 209-937-8167. People can email tips to at [email protected] Video surveillance can be submitted to Stocktonpdca.evidence.com.

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