A Stockton man was arrested on Friday in connection with the double homicide on Cherokee Lane near East Lodi Avenue last week.
Jaime Mora, 24, reportedly went to the Lodi Police Department on Friday to give a statement regarding the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Gerardo De Santiago of Lodi and 21-year-old Brian Soto of Stockton, according to a press release from the Lodi Police Department.
Mora was subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder for Lodi’s seventh and eighth homicides of the year.
At approximately 2 a.m. Sept. 9, officers responded to reports of a shooting near the Alibi Bar and Lounge, 211 S. Cherokee Ave., and arrived to find De Santiago and Soto suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Despite lifesaving measures, De Santiago was pronounced dead at the scene while Soto was taken to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
De Santiago and Soto appeared to have been in an altercation in the parking lot, according to police, although they are not believed to have been in an altercation with each other.
Officers processed the scene and canvassed the neighborhood for witnesses and video surveillance footage.
The Sept. 9 shooting marks the second time a homicide occurred in the area of South Cherokee Lane and East Lodi Avenue this year, after 41-year-old Raymond Sieg was fatally shot while riding his bicycle in May.