Series of California murders may be linked to possible serial killer, police say: update

Police in Stockton and Oakland are on the hunt for what they say may be a serial killer in the area, after making a possible connection between several murders in the last year to one person.

“We don’t know what the motive is. What we do believe is that it’s mission-oriented. This person’s on a mission,” said Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden on Tuesday during a news conference.

Stockton police released video footage that showed a suspect they believe may be linked to up to seven separate killings in the area over the last year. 

In six separate incidents between April 10 and September 27, an unknown individual shot and killed a singular victim. One woman was attacked by what police believe was the same person who may have killed the others, but did not succeed in killing her.

The victims range in age from 21 to 54, include both males and females, and police cannot find an obvious connection between them.

McFadden did, however, allude to a single firearm being used in all the killings. “I have absolutely no answer as to why that pistol went dormant for over 400 days,” he said at the press conference.

Police say the person of interest appears on video footage from several of the crime scenes but no other evidence has yet been found to connect them to the killings. Police are still interested in speaking with the individual, however, as part of their investigation.

There is a $125,000 reward being offered for any information leading to an arrest for the killings.




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