13-year-old boy fatally shot on Oxnard street corner [Updated]
[Updated at 11:40 a.m.: The boy has been identified as Joseph Jacquez.]
Oxnard police today are investigating the death of a 13-year-old boy who was shot several times on a street corner Wednesday night.
The boy, whose name has not been released, was approached about 8 p.m. by at least two suspects at the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and East 1st Street, said Oxnard Police Department spokesman David Keith. “They fired on him, hitting him multiple times,” Keith said. The boy was pronounced dead at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard.
Police did not know why he was shot but, based on statements and witness reports, “we believe the suspects were gang members,” Keith said.
“We don’t believe the victim had any gang involvement,” he added.
The neighborhood was “a known gang area … and known to have some problems,” he said, adding that a gang injunction has helped to ease illegal activity in recent years.
“So this is a little bit of an anomaly,” Keith said. “It’s been a much quieter and safer area.”
-- Ann M. Simmons