Oxnard PD investigates 2 Shooting Homicides

Oxnard Police Department – Incident Press Release

The Oxnard Police Department is investigating two homicides that occurred at different locations within the city. Investigators are looking into the possibility that the crimes are related.

The first homicide occurred on May 16, 2017, at approximately 9:15 p.m. in the 300 block of North G Street. Oxnard police officers responded to the report of a shooting victim and upon their arrival, they located a 29-year old African-American male with gunshot wounds. The victim was immediately transported to the Ventura County Medical Center by ambulance. Unfortunately, the victim was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

While this investigation was still in its initial stages, the Oxnard Police Department was notified of another shooting victim. On May 17, 2017, at approximately 5:30 a.m., residents in the 5400 block of Perkins Road called the police department after they found a shooting victim lying in the west alley. Police officers responded and located the shooting victim, a 23-year old Hispanic male. Fire and EMS personnel arrived on scene and declared the victim deceased. During this investigation, police officers and investigators spoke to several residents who said they heard gunshots or fireworks the previous evening, but did not report it to the police.

The Oxnard Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit responded to both incidents and is leading both investigations. All investigative resources within the Department are being utilized around the clock to assist with the investigations. Patrol staffing has been increased in the coming nights to provide an enhanced uniformed presence in the affected neighborhoods. At this early stage in the investigations, detectives do not have any suspect information nor do they have a motive for the murders.

These incidents mark the seventh and eighth homicides that have occurred in the city of Oxnard in 2017. 7 of the 8 homicides this year have occurred between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and midnight. The Oxnard Police Department encourages all of our residents to be aware of their surroundings and to report any suspicious activity, particularly if they believe they heard gunshots. Both incidents last night occurred in densely populated residential neighborhoods. Detectives believe there are residents in those neighborhoods that have information that would be helpful to the investigations. If anyone has any information about either of the incidents, please do not hesitate to contact detectives.

The City of Oxnard offers a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect(s) in homicide cases. Please call Detective Jeff Kay at (805) 385-8174 or Detective Jaime Miranda at (805) 385-7680 with any information. You can also remain anonymous and still provide valuable information by calling the Violent Crimes Hotline at (805) 982-7070 or Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. You can also visit www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org to submit a tip via test or email.

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