King City has Third Shooting of Year, Second Murder

Gang retaliation is being considered, police say

Normally, King City is a quiet town, where children ride bikes and neighbors share barbecues and baseball game, but sadly, the quiet was broken again Monday night before dusk when a 22-year-old man was shot numerous times (neighbors reported 13 shots) and died instantly. According to the police report, police said he was in an active Southern Hispanic gang and he died in front of his home on the 100 block of Division Street after suffering multiple gunshots to the head and torso just before 8:30 p.m.

Looking Down the 100 Block of Division Street

A possible suspect vehicle described as a white sedan was seen leaving the area. The motive for the killing is unknown, police said. In the home behind him were his mother and younger sisters, adding to the disbelief that this could happen in a neighborhood just blocks from the city pool, recreation center, little league and softball fields and the King City Golf Course. According to King City Police Captain Bruce Miller, “the victim is an active southern Hispanic gang member, but the motive for the murder has yet to be determined.” Police did not release the victim’s name and no suspects have been arrested.

It was King City’s second homicide of 2012.

On Sept. 2, 25-year-old Diego Romero was shot to death at 402 7th St. in King City. Romero was pronounced dead at Mee Memorial Hospital while his friend, Anthony Navarro, 19, was also shot but survived.

Six days later, police arrested Juan Serrano Jimenez, 22, of King City, on suspicion of murdering Romero and attempting to murder Navarro. Neighbors, who did not wish to be identified, had plenty to say about the latest bloodbath.

“This is sad for those who grew up walking the streets of King City without a worry to see your cherished memories stepped on in such a disrespectful manner,” said one.

“They have no respect for life, in a way it is really stupid,” said another. “And in their fray, they are hurting innocents. It is time to regain our town. We can’t live like this.”

“So it takes a dozen shots to kill someone these days?” said a business owner. “What about the innocents that are out enjoying the end of their day? What is going on here?”

If anyone has any information about the Monday shooting that may assist the King City Police Department with their investigation, call 831-386-5980 or the WeTip line at 1-80078-CRIME. Your call may remain completely anonymous.

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