South San Francisco

Suspect Arrested in Connection With South San Francisco Shooting, Killing One Man

An ongoing personal dispute between the three men sparked the shooting, which wasn’t drug- or gang-related, police said.

A 19-year-old man sought in connection with a fatal shooting in South San Francisco on Monday has been arrested in Stockton, according to police.

Cristian Omar Cruz was arrested at about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday in the Seaport neighborhood of Stockton, where he was located with the help of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and U.S. Marshals Service deputies.

Cruz was spotted walking down a street and was arrested without incident, police said. The firearm allegedly used in the shooting was also recovered.

The suspect was booked into jail on suspicion of the killing of 20-year-old Nicholas Gomez in a shooting reported shortly after 2:45 p.m. Monday at Orange Memorial Park in South San Francisco.

Police said the incident was initially reported as an altercation involving a group in the 600 block of First Lane.

As officers responded, they received word that the group had walked to the nearby park at West Orange Avenue and North Canal Street. At the park, the altercation escalated and Cruz allegedly took out a handgun and shot Gomez and another man.

Both victims were taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where Gomez died, police said.

The other victim was in stable condition earlier this week, police said. The shooting is believed to have stemmed from an ongoing personal dispute between the three men and is not considered a drug- or gang-related incident, police said Wednesday.

The shooting caused nearby schools and community centers to be placed on temporary lockdown.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call South San Francisco police at (650) 877-8900 or use the anonymous tip line at (650) 952-2244.

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