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No arrests yet in 2 separate Lodi shootings that happened 14 hours apart

LODI, CA – Though no arrests have been made following two Lodi murders in a 14-hour period, police are investigating the possibility the killings are connected and gang related.

The first murder happened Sunday afternoon when a 20-year-old man was shot in the back in a driveway on South Garfield Street.  Police only knew that a light-colored SUV was where the gunfire came from.   The victim was identified as Silvestre Guzman Bedolla Jt.

The second murder happened about 4:30 Monday morning, just 14 hours later, several blocks away.   Relatives identified the victim as 27-year-old Louis Delatorre. They said Delatorre was involved in gang activity as teenager but changed his ways for his two daughters.

Police said he was shot in his truck as he prepared to leave for work.

“He had friend here and there who were gang related.  He tried not to be with them.  Deep down I know that’s the first thing in their mind, they want revenge.  It’s not the right thing to do,” said Josue Gutierrez, a cousin of Delatorre.

Two murders in 14 hours was alarming in a city that had just five homicides in all of 2015.

On Monday a police spokesman said Lodi has made impressive progress the last few years dealing with the city’s gang issue.  “We had a 70 percent reduction in gang crime in that three-year period.   This is an anomaly, but something we’re concerned with,” said Lt. Sierra Brucia.  Brucia said grants helped the city pay for gang outreach workers, overtime for officers, and gun buy back programs.

Police didn’t offer any sort of description of the killer or a vehicle in Monday’s murder.  

Officials are asking anyone with information regarding this shooting to contact 209-333-6727 or the Lodi Area Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.