(BCN) — Stockton police announced Saturday that detectives are investigating five homicide cases as possibly related and increased the reward for information leading to an arrest. A Facebook message from Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden said that police believe they located a person of interest in the shooting deaths, which occurred between July 8 and Sept. 27 this year.
In the first incident, on July 8, a 35-year-old man was shot to death on the 5600-block of Kermit Lane. On August 11 a 43-year-old man was killed on the 4900-block of West Lane. A second August shooting death on the 800-block of East Hammer Lane took the life of a 21-year-old man.
A man was also shot and killed on Sept. 21. The 52-year-old man was gunned down on the 4400-block of Manchester Avenue. In the most recent case believed to be connected, on Sept. 27, a 54-year-old man was shot to death on the 900-block of Porter Avenue.
All five homicides occurred in the early morning or evening while the victims were alone, according to Chief McFadden.
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The City of Stockton is offering $75,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the homicides, which bolsters a $10,000 reward available from Stockton Crime Stoppers, making the total reward $85,000 for information in the case that leads to an arrest. Contact Stockton Crime Stoppers at 209-946-0600 or stocktoncrimestoppers.org to report tips anonymously.
The Stockton Police tip line can be reached at 209-937-8167. Tips can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Monday, Stockton police tweeted that a local business owner of a construction company made an anonymous $10,000 donation toward the reward for information leading to the an arrest in the homicides, increasing the reward to $95,000.
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