OXNARD, Calif. - UPDATE
Oxnard police are investigating two murders that occurred at different locations within the city on May 16.
The first homicide happened at about 9:15 p.m. in the 300 block of North G Street. The Oxnard Police Department received a 911 call reporting a shooting. Officers soon located a 29-year-old Aaron Austin of Oxnard with gunshot wounds.
Austin was taken to Ventura County Medical Center but was pronounced dead at the hospital.
“He was a great man and to the killers whoever done this to him and the young man you took the life of a great man," said Eddy Vega a close friend of Austin, "Aaron Austin was the hardest working father; ambitious, go-getter, and the most God-fearing man I know. Just God, work, sons, daughters, gym, going home.”
During this investigation, police received another 911 call reporting another shooting victim in the 5400 block of Perkins Road at about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police said area residents called them after discovering the victim lying in the west alley but had actually heard what sounded like gunshots or fireworks the previous evening.
The victim in the second case was 23-year-old Eduardo Viveros. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
“We are not considering this gang-related as of yet, however, the motive has not been determined. They could be a crime of opportunity they are working on that in the investigation," said Melissa Valdez with the Oxnard Police Department.
No arrests have been made at this time as police continue to investigate a motive behind the shootings. Police say it is unclear at this time if the two homicides are related.
These murders mark the 7th and 8th homicides of 2017. Police say seven of the eight homicides have occurred between 9 p.m. and midnight. Authorities say they will be increasing patrols during these times. Authorities remind the community to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity, especially if they believe they have heard gunshots.
The Oxnard Police Department hopes residents can help solve these murders. A $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect or suspects is being offered by the City of Oxnard.
Anyone with information regarding these two cases is urged to call Detective Jeff Kay with the Oxnard Police Department at 805-385-8174 or Detective Jaime Miranda at 805-385-7680. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call the Violent Crimes Hotline at 805-982-7070 or Ventura County Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
One man is dead after a late night shooting in Oxnard.
It happened on the 300 Block of North G street around 9:15 Tuesday night.
Oxnard police say a male victim was taken to Ventura County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
No information about the identity of the victim is available at this time.
We will update this story with more information.