The 500 block of East Elm Street was quiet with few people outside Sunday afternoon, just hours after a 35-year-old man was reportedly shot and killed at an apartment complex.
Pedro Meza was shot at least once in the head shortly after 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the carport of the apartment complex, according to Lodi police Sgt. Steve Nelson. Meza had died by the time officers arrived, Detective Eric Bradley said.
It was unknown Saturday night if the shooting, at the southeast corner of Elm and Garfield streets, was gang related, Nelson said. However, Meza was not believed to be involved with any street gang, he said.
Most people out in the neighborhood on Sunday afternoon said they weren't aware of anyone being shot the previous night.
However, an 11-year-old boy told the News-Sentinel on Sunday that he heard two gunshots while he was playing with his Xbox inside his family's house. It didn't appear to be a drive-by shooting, the boy said, because he didn't see or hear a car leave the area.
"Every time I looked outside, my knees began to shake," said the boy, whose name was withheld by the News-Sentinel due to his age.
Officers said that no one provided them with information on the shooter's description or a vehicle.
If anyone has information about the shooting, contact Lodi Crime Stoppers at 209-333-6771.
Staff writer Jordan Guinn and chief photographer Dan Evans contributed to this report.
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