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Pomona police investigate 2 fatal shootings under 40 minutes

April 22, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two people were killed in two separate shootings in Pomona in the span of about an hour Sunday. Investigators are trying to determine if the shootings are related.

Police responded to the 2300 block of Farringdon Avenue around 8:54 p.m. following several reports of gunshots.

Family members say Steven Vickers, 52, was outside talking to his daughter when two men walked up and began shooting from behind a nearby car.

"He was just gasping for air and you couldn't find where the shot was," said Alijahonnae Davis of Pomona.

Vickers had complications with his diabetes and walked with a cane. Family members say he was not able to run away when the gunfire erupted.

"He was kind of crippled. He was on a cane and he walks pretty slow so he couldn't run," said Robert Miles, Vickers' uncle.

Vickers was transported to a local hospital but was shortly pronounced dead.

About 30 minutes later, a second shooting was reported about six miles away in the intersection of North Towne Avenue and San Bernardino Road.

Police found Terrel Chavez Redic, 44, of Rancho Cucamonga, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds inside his vehicle. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials are searching for a motive.

For residents, it's starting to sound like a broken record. Four months ago, a man was found shot to death inside a car along the freeway. Last month, a man was shot to death while pushing a stroller. In fact, there have been 12 homicides in Pomona so far this year, and it's only April.

"That's bad. It seems like every weekend or everytime you turn around somebody's getting shot," said Miles.

Pomona police won't say whether Sunday's shootings are related. But they're asking the public to have patience.

"Have faith in the police department, we're working these very diligently, and we're trying to get our resources together to attack the violence and see what we can do to put a stop to it," said Pomona police Lt. Mike Keltner.

"They're just shooting any random person," said Davis. "I don't feel safe whatsoever."

Both of the locations are fairly busy intersections. Police are hoping witnesses may help them solve this crime.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information regarding the shootings was asked to contact Pomona police at (909) 620-2085. You can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.


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