Stockton, California, police are warning its residents of a “potential serial killer” who is “on a mission.”
According to a video posted by local broadcaster KCRA, Stockton Police Department Chief Stanley McFadden first addressed the national debate over California currently “having a serial killer,” which he claimed was consistent with how law enforcement was conducting the case.
“By definition, these shootings are a series of killings, so we do believe we could have a potential serial killer,” McFadden said. “That’s how we’re gonna treat it. … At this time, we don’t know if it’s a person or persons. As I said before, we have absolutely no evidence that connects a person or persons to any of these incidents. We are still receiving tips, and we still will continue to review those tips, and hopefully, more information will come forward.”
“We don’t know what the motive is,” McFadden said. “What we do believe is that it’s mission-oriented, right? This person’s on a mission.”
According to police, 42 is the average victim’s age. McFadden claims that “the races are mostly Hispanic,” and most victims have been men.
According to a victim who survived the April 2021 shooting, the suspect is described as a slender “unknown race male” whose face was covered.
Local authorities have named the six homicide victims: Juan Vasquez Serrano, Paul Yaw, Jonathan Hernandez Rodriguez, Salvador Debudey Jr., Lawrence Lopez Sr., and Juan Cruz.
Homicide Series Update: Today Chief McFadden released a video of the "Person of Interest" in regards to this series. If you have any info, please call 209-937-8167. There is a $125,000 reward for info that leads to an arrest. pic.twitter.com/QLhcobVFJZ
— Stockton Police Dept (@StocktonPolice) October 5, 2022