A new case shakes the California police forces, who are in search of a man who dresses completely in black and is accused of committing serial murders.
This Tuesday, the head of the Stockton Police DepartmentStanley McFadden, released the first video where this ‘person of interest’ can be seen from behind.
Also, in a joint action between the city, Stockton Crime Stoppers and the owner of a local construction company, rose to $125,000 the sum for one reward who can provide any information that brings them closer to the arrest of the suspect.
The man is accused of have killed at least six people in one yearbased on ballistic evidence that linked six fatal shootings to one woman’s injuries.
Initially, the authorities had announced last week that five men in Stockton had been killed in recent months with the same mode: solo ambush and shootout in the dark.
Then this Monday night, the police added two cases from last year -and fatal shooting in Oakland y another non-fatal in Stockton– which, they affirm, would be related to those previously mentioned.
“He definitely meets the definition of a serial killer,” Stockton Police Officer Joseph Silva said. “What makes this different is that the shooter is just looking for an opportunity, and unfortunately our victims were alone in a dark area.”
Certainties have not yet been given as to whether the murderer wielded the same weapon in all the shootings.
In the fatal cases in Stockton, none of the men had been assaulted or beaten prior to the murder and any link between them was ruled out. On the other hand, they all occurred within a radius of a few square miles between July 8 and September 27. The police claimed that it does not seem to be about gang and drug related cases.
For its part, the other attack in the city, in which a 46-year-old woman survived being shot, took place on April 16, 2021, around 3:20 am. The woman was also alone at the time of the attack.
The case of the 40-year-old man shot to death in Oakland on April 10, 2021 at 4:15 am was also linked to the violence in Stockton. However, in this investigation the police are still unclear as to whether the victim was alone when he was killed.
The police continue the investigation and does not rule out the participation of more than one subject in this wave of violence.
“To be honest, we just don’t know,” Silva said. “This person or people who are doing this are definitely very bold and brazen.”
The city of Stockton is located about 80 kilometers south of the state capital of Sacramento and has a population of approximately 320,000.
(With information from AP)