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Police Reopen Stockton Streets Following Fatal Drive-by

Police have reopened the streets around a central Stockton convenience store where a fatal drive-by shooting took place last night, leaving three people dead and four others injured.

The shooting took place at 8:22 p.m., outside of the Madison Market in the 700 block of Madison Street. The market is located across the street from the Stockton Unified School District administrative offices, which has coincidentally been the scene of tragedy before.

On Oct. 3, 2011, a dispute over child custody turned violent as one of the people in the dispute tried to run down another woman involved in the dispute. She missed the woman but pinned 3-year-old Richard Ramirez against the building – who died at the scene. The toddler was brought him to the store for a treat for being a good boy by his mother.

Last night, a 27-year-old woman was shot to death on a sidewalk outside the Madison Market, and a 24-year-old man and 20-year-old woman died later at a hospital, police said.

Four men in their 20s and 30s were found inside the small market and transported to the hospital with injuries. The victims – ages 24, 25, 32, and 38 – are expected to survive, police said. No arrests have been made at the time of this publication and it is not known yet if there were multiple shooters involved.

Stockton police spokesperson Joseph Silva said the shooting took place in an area of town known for drugs and gang-related activity.

“The preliminary investigation indicated this was a drive-by shooting and possibly has some type of gang component due to the area,” Stockton police said, NBC News reported.

After the shooting, homicide and gang detectives were on the scene and had set up a one-block perimeter around the convenience store.

Police are asking for anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 209-946-0600.

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