Lodi police are seeking family members and friends of this weekend's homicide victim, and are offering a reward for information in the case.
Victor Flores Torres, 29, was shot Friday night near Maple and Washington streets, and was soon pronounced dead at a local hospital, police said.
Both Lodi police and San Joaquin County Coroner's investigators have tried to find his family members, but on Wednesday they released his name publicly with the hope of finding those who knew him.
"We're looking for all information on the victim, his family, anybody who saw what happened," Detective Eric Bradley said.
He urged Torres' friends and any current or former coworkers to also contact police, so investigators can learn more about him and possibly find his family members.
Torres had apparently been staying at acquaintances' houses in Lodi and Woodbridge, Bradley said, and police want to talk to them in an effort to find a suspect. Bradley did not know whether the victim was employed or what kind of work he may have done.
Torres is known to law enforcement, but police declined to give details. Courts were closed for the day when his name was released, so further information was not available.
Police were called to the shooting scene around 11:30 p.m. Friday. They have released little information on the circumstances surrounding the shooting, and have declined to say whether it was gang-related.
They released a physical description of the man, written in both English and Spanish, in an attempt at finding family members. Torres was about 5-feet-8-inches tall, weighed 180 pounds and had dark hair. He had a spider tattoo on his neck, and another tattoo on his right leg, featuring a skull wrapped in a tribal design.
Anyone with information on Torres or the case is asked to call Bradley at 209-333-6870. Additionally, Lodi-Area Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case and may be reached at 209-333-6771.