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Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2013 6:35 pm | Updated: 6:04 am, Mon Mar 18, 2013.

Lodi resident Danilo Sandoval, 20, was shot to death in Thornton during an argument Friday night at a Chevron gas station on Walnut Grove Road, just east of Interstate 5, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office.

A second man, Giovanni Navarro, 21, was shot once. Navarro stumbled into the mini-mart and was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital for treatment, sheriff’s Lt. Jim Cannon said.

Navarro was listed in serious condition Sunday at Lodi Memorial Hospital, according to a nursing supervisor.

Witnesses reported that there were three cars involved, but everyone who wasn't injured had left the gas station before deputies arrived, Cannon.

"What it looks like is that there was a disturbance between the cars at the gas pumps. It escalated, and there was an exchange of gunfire," said Cannon.

Lt. Mike Van Grouw said on Sunday afternoon that detectives had not caught any suspects.

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  • robert maurer posted at 6:37 am on Thu, Mar 21, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 437

    Used to be that the citizens themselves used to be able to defend themselves against these ne'er do wells. Now if they do, they are considered racists,bigots and guilty of committing hate crimes due to political correctness and diversity promoters. Almost became a victim myself once about 25 years ago. I probably would have been arrested for my reaction then, and would definitely be arrested if it happened today.

  • Robert Jacobs posted at 6:54 am on Wed, Mar 20, 2013.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    20 years ago I would have said this must have been the work of Stockton thugs, but for quite a while Lodi has plenty of its own thugs...

    Good luck to those of you who still live in and around the area because its only a matter of time before you too become a victim or a statistic...



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