The first San Joaquin County murder of 2016 occurred Friday around 4:45 p.m. at Lathrop Road near Interstate 5 when a 26-year-old man was shot multiple times.
Witnesses said two subjects had been arguing in a nearby gas station when one was seen driving their vehicle onto Lathrop Road toward I-5 when a collision occurred with a van. At that point, the passenger in the car that left the gas station rolled out of the car as the door popped open and onto the pavement. Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Les Garcia said when medics arrived on the scene they discovered the injured man had multiple gunshot wounds that claimed his life.
The northbound traffic lanes backed up toward Tracy and local traffic in the area was also snarled as a result of the shooting. Lathrop Police Services — part of the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office —were first to respond to the scene with the case now under investigation.
The man’s name is not being released until the next of kin is notified, Garcia said. Toxicology reports are also pending along with an autopsy to show the cause of death.