LA MESA SHOOTING VICTIM DIES, SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR MURDER

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October 8, 2012 (La Mesa)—A man shot in the head in the 5800 block of Amarillo Avenue in La Mesa on October 4 has been declared brain dead of his injuries. The victim has been identified as Josue Rodriguez, 33. 

Antonio Garcia, 32, of La Mesa has been arrested and will be booked for murder, according to La Mesa Police.

Authorities are also looking for a second man, described as Hispanic, who was seen leaving the scene in a silver Honda with two women in the vehicle, La Mesa Today reported.

The investigation led detectives to a residence in the 1800 block of “G” Avenue in National City, where the suspect was believed to be hiding. La Mesa detectives obtained a search warrant and with the assistance of National City Police, the La Mesa Special Response Team executed the warrant and arrested the suspect. No one was harmed during the arrest. 

“At this point we’re uncertain what brought the victim and suspect together,” said La Mesa Police Captain Dan Willis. “Some of the neighbors heard what they thought was an argument going on before the shooting.” He added that the tragedy was not a drive-by shooting.

The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is urged to call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400.

You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or www.sdcrimestoppers.com).  You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.


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