Suspect arrested in apparent Stockton serial killings

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STOCKTON, California — In a series of shootings in Northern California, a man is thought to have killed six men and hurt a woman.

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He was arrested early Saturday morning as he drove through the streets of Stockton with a handgun and may have been looking for another victim.

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At a news conference, Police Chief Stanley McFadden said at a news conference that investigators started watching the suspect after getting tips.

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They stopped him in a car around 2 a.m. in the Central Valley city where five of the shootings happened.

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McFadden said that 43-year-old Wesley Brownlee of Stockton was dressed in black, wore a mask around his neck, had a gun, and "was out hunting."

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"We're sure we stopped someone from killing someone else," he said.

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It wasn't clear right away if Brownlee had a lawyer who could speak for him. Murder charges were to be brought against him on Tuesday.

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A police photo showed the black-and-gray gun that the suspect was said to have been carrying. It looked like a semi-automatic handgun with some plastic parts inside.

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Police were looking for a man in black who was seen on video at several Stockton crime scenes where five men were ambushed and killed between July 8 and September 27.

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One was in a parked car, and the other four were on foot. 

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The police think that the same person killed a man 70 miles away in Oakland in April 2021 and hurt a homeless woman a week later in Stockton.

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Investigators have said that the crimes were linked by ballistics tests and video evidence.

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During the press conference, there was a moment of silence for the people who had died.

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