A purebred puppy named Precious was the victim of a shooting on Friday in the 1400 block of South School Street.
Cassie Gaytan and her husband, Thomas, had just returned home from their son’s playoff game on Friday night when suddenly there was a flurry of bullets.
Thomas Gaytan was standing in the front yard with a friend, and the couple’s car was struck multiple times, blocking the bullets from hitting them. Sheet rock hit Cassie Gaytan in the face while she was in the home. And their beloved puppy, an American bully, was shot and killed while eating dinner on the porch.
Police said an unknown Hispanic male opened fire at 9:45 p.m. on the subjects standing in the front yard, but did not have any more information about the suspect.
Sgt. Doug Chinn said the shooting was gang-related, and the house was targeted because gang members have been seen there.
In total, Cassie Gaytan said nine bullets were fired, but there were no significant injuries. The family has lived in the house for three years and plans to move somewhere else in Lodi immediately.
“I have to move. I have to get a new car. ... I can’t go back there. My kids won’t go back there,” Cassie Gaytan said.
Cassie Gaytan said her kids, ages 5, 7 and 10, are distraught about the death of Precious, who was a purebred showdog born in March. The dog was an American bully, which was created by breeding American pit bull terriers and Staffordshire terriers.
The family owns the mom, Hyphy, and family friends have the dad. When Hyphy was pregnant, she only had one puppy, so the family decided to keep the puppy.
“My middle son has a hard time with it. ... I’ve been telling him we can always get another dog, but we can't get another daddy,” Cassie Gaytan said.
Police are looking for information on the incident. Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to contact the Lodi Area Crime Stoppers at 209-333-6771.