STOCKTON (CBS13) – A Stockton resident was shot and killed early Wednesday morning. Police are investigating the shooting as the city’s 40th homicide this year.
At around 3:30 a.m., police received a call that someone had been shot at the Hampton Square apartment complex in the 700 block of E. Hammer Lane. When they arrived, police found a man suffering from a gunshot wound.
“About 3:34 when I got woken up by about 10 gun shots,” Mike Martin said.
“It’s terrible, very terrible,” neighbor Rudy Navaro said. “It’s so sad you can’t come out here play with your kids. You always here of a murder, a murder somewhere.”
Police say a 27-year-old was shot outside of the apartment and later died at an area hospital.
“I live in the one right next door to it,” Martin said. “I got kids in the house and everything. She got woke up, and she didn’t want to go back to sleep, she was to sacred.”
One woman who lives at the apartment complex didn’t want us showing her face but said she heard somebody leaving the scene.
“I heard the shots and then they woke me up,” she said. “I went to my window and I saw those couple guys trying to break the door down, my neighbor’s door. One of them get in and one of them run out.”
Stockton police say they don’t have much to go on.
“This is one of our high-crime neighborhoods, inside the apartment complex and the surrounding neighborhood, and a lot of times we don’t get a lot of information from people due to the fact of fear of retaliation,” Officer Joe Silva said.
The city’s 40 homicides are well above last year’s total at this time, which was 24. Stockton had a record 56 homicides in 2011.