A 32-year-old man suspected in the Tuesday night shooting death of a Stockton Subway sandwich shop employee is in custody after he was found hiding outside a residence in the rural Lodi area.
Stockton police spokesman Officer Joe Silva said an officer spotted Steven Drew Allee hiding beneath a tarp outside a home in the area of Alpine Road and Kettleman Lane. He said Allee surrendered and was taken into custody without incident shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday. Police subsequently searched the surrounding area and found a firearm, Silva said.
Tuesday’s shooting occurred during two nights of extreme violence that have left 10 people injured and two dead.
On Monday night, a spate of five shooting events, much of it blamed on beefs between gang members, left nine victims in five separate shootings. Police called the spike in violence intolerable.
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Patrols were increased, but police presence had no effect on the Tuesday night violence that has so far not been blamed on gang violence.
Police said that on Tuesday night a 43-year-old employee of a Subway sandwich shop in the 3700 block of East Hammer Lane was fatally shot during a robbery.
Silva said investigators received information Wednesday morning that a man suspected in the Subway shooting might be at a residence in the area of Alpine Road. Because the man was believed to be armed, Stockton SWAT officers responded to the residence along with Lodi police and members of the U.S. Marshals Office, Silva said.
They surrounded the home and tried to make contact with anyone who might be inside, but received no response, until the officer spotted Allee under the tarp. Silva said only one person is believed to have been involved in the Subway shooting.
No one else was at the residence, he said.
After the Subway shooting, the violence continued when a man died from injuries suffered in an altercation with another man on East Sonoma Street about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was hit over the head with a blunt object. The other man suffered a gunshot injury.
Police provided a roundup of the Monday night shootings in which nobody died but nine were wounded:
8:30 p.m.: A vehicle pulled up to a car with a woman and her teenage daughter inside and gunfire erupted near Eighth and Lincoln streets. A passenger armed with a handgun fired from his window into the woman’s car. The mother was injured.
8:47 p.m.: Two men were shot on Spring Street. Shell casings were found at the scene.
9 p.m.: Three men were shot on North Wilson Way.
9:07 p.m.: A 17-year-old boy was dropped off at a hospital with a gunshot wound. He was mostly uncooperative.
10:23 p.m.: Two teens were traveling on West Lane when a car pulled up and shot five rounds into their vehicle, injuring both of them.