A serial killer is most likely suspected in connection with the brutal murder of five men in central California- all of whom were shot in the dark over the past few months.
Although the motive behind the killings is yet to be known, the shootings have been deemed by the police as unrelated to gangs or drugs, either. None of the men were robbed or beaten before their killings, which all took place within a radius of a few square miles.
Stockton police on Friday announced an $85,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the slayings, which date back to July 8. Authorities also released a grainy still image of a “person of interest,” dressed all in black and wearing a black cap, who appeared in videos from several of the crime scenes.
The latest killing occurred shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday when a 54-year-old man was shot in a residential area just north of downtown. Police said the victims were each walking alone or in a parked car when they were killed in the evening or early morning in the city of 320,000 residents about 50 miles south of the state capital, Sacramento.
“It definitely meets the definition of a serial killer,” Stockton Police Officer Joseph Silva said. “What makes this different is the shooter is just looking for an opportunity and unfortunately our victims were alone in a dark area.”