Arrest in Tracy mall shooting
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Shooting for web: Crime-scene tape blocks the east entrance doors at West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road, as police investigate a shooting Friday, Dec. 20. Lorenzo Hotel, 18, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder Tuesday, Dec. 24, in connection with the shooting.   Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Shooting for web: Crime-scene tape blocks the east entrance doors at West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road, as police investigate a shooting Friday, Dec. 20. Lorenzo Hotel, 18, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder Tuesday, Dec. 24, in connection with the shooting. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Police arrested an 18-year-old Tracy man on Tuesday, Dec. 24, in connection with the shooting at the West Valley Mall on Friday, Dec. 20.

Lorenzo Kiko Hotel was placed under arrest around 7 a.m. on the 800 block of Allegheny Court. He is charged with attempted murder and shooting at an inhabited dwelling.

Police believe Hotel is the man who was seen shooting at the eastern entrance of the Naglee Road shopping center around 4:45 p.m. Friday.

According to a press release issued Tuesday by the Tracy Police Department, Hotel was arrested when officers served an arrest and search warrant on Allegheny Court with the help of the SWAT team.

Hotel is being held in San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp without bail.

No one was injured, and investigators are still trying to identify the intended target of the shooting, according to the release.

Police found at least nine shell casings in the bushes in the parking lot, just south of the entrance.

Bullets shattered one of the glass doors and a nearby window.

Two 12-year-olds standing in the eastern parking lot with the parents of one of the girls that night recalled hearing the loud bangs of the gunfire.

“It sounded like firecrackers,” said Maria Martinez, who had been near the eastern entrance with her friend Kathy Perez at the time of the shooting.

“It was scary,” Maria said. “I thought they were going to come in shooting. We were in front of the door and we heard the shooting. We saw the cracked glass and ran back into the mall.”

Kathy said she and Maria were both scared and crying as they ran toward the food court on the western side of the mall. The manager of the mall arcade took them inside and let them call their families.

To contain the crime scene, Tracy and California Highway Patrol officers closed all access to the eastern portion of the mall at Corral Hollow Road, as well as the road that encircles the mall property, for more than an hour.

The other mall entrances stayed open throughout the police investigation, and the eastern portion of the mall was reopened to incoming traffic at about 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Hotel is scheduled for arraignment at 1:25 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, in San Joaquin County Superior Court in Manteca.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

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Perdedor
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December 30, 2013
I remember this guy from baseball. He was a good kid and a good player. Something clearly went wrong. I continue to advocate to try and understand first and foremost so we can prevent future occurrences rather than focusing on seeking vengeance/justice. (Interesting the interchangeability of those two words.) I am not saying he shouldn't have been arrested or have to make amends but I want to know why he did it and how to intervene rather than focusing on the ignorant, “MAKE DA PUNK PAY.”
Bowler17
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December 27, 2013
I saw this in the paper and couldn't believe it. Lorenzo and I were in the same class for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. He was my friend and we were bowling partners for a while too. It's just sad when a good kid like Lorenzo goes downhill like this. I don't know why he would do something like this, because this is NOT the Lorenzo I remember. Well, he made his choice, but I hope he will learn his lesson. Just sad he will have to do it behind bars.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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December 27, 2013
Bowler17

Know how ya feel. One of my school buddies I grew up with, one who never got inta trouble in school, ended up murderin several people before they caught him. Never could figure out what went wrong with his mind. All of us who went ta school with him couldn't understand it. I suppose he just sort of snapped somewhare. Too bad a couple of people died because they were in th wrong place at th wrong time an encountered him at his worst.
RobertM89
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December 27, 2013
I read the article. I think TPD is facing big lawsuits for major violation of civil rights. First if all, the name of accused should not be released to the press; his address should be kept confidential; TPD violate US constitution (fifth amendment): the person is innocent until proven guilty.
doors17
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December 27, 2013
Perhaps some legal scholars can help me out here but it's my understanding that the Constitution of the United States does not cite it explicitly, presumption of innocence is widely held to follow from the 5th, 6th, and 14th amendments.

Today he is being accused of committing this crime. Now the burden of proof is on what evidence the prosecution can provide to a jury to decide. If their is reasonable doubt he'll be acquitted.

I don't see any violation of his civil rights no more than the guy who robbed the bank name being given out or anyone who is arrested since they are being accused.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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December 27, 2013
doors17

My thoughts exactly. Just because ya are accused of a crime don't mean yer guilty any more than bein sued means ya did somethang bad.

It's news an TPD didn't do anythang wrong. Didn't see whair his address was specified either, just th area whair he was arrested.

It's now up ta th DA ta prove he's guilty in th criminal court. Don't see he's bein made guilt before th trial either. He's just bein brought ta trial ta see if he IS guilty.

But when ya have apparently already made up yer minds about his innocence ya tend ta miss these subtle parts or our law an end up sayin thangs that don't have anythang ta do with th Constitution an how our court systems are legally instructed by th Constitution on how such a trial should be conducted. Formin yer opinion about someone else's comments with a mind that's already made up has this nasty tendency of allowin ya ta completely miss comments such as "If actually found guilt," meanin fer th less thankin individual, ya need ta be found guilty before yer punished, otherwise yer innocent.

Just because yer arrested don't make ya guilty of a crime.

An knowin how our PD an court systems operate, I seriously doubt he would have been arrested an placed in jail if they didn't have a pretty good idea that he was guilty.

In other words, I hope he's not guilty of this but doubt he actually is. But that's fer a court trial ta decide ain't it?
fortheunderdog
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December 28, 2013
RobertM89,

What civil rights did TPD violate? Unless the suspect is a minor, names of arrested are public knowledge unless they chose to freeze their police report.

TPD didn't divulge the suspect's home address. They gave "the 800 block of Allegheny Court". Do you know which house is his?

TPD didn't say the suspect was guilty. They arrested a person who they suspect, through an investigation, committed the crime.
RobertM89
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December 31, 2013
Com'on, you do not want me to cite whole fifth and sixth amendments.

His name should not be released (Lorenzo H. could be enough),

As far as I know, all charges were dropped, probably due to lack of evidence... but the damage was done...

Don't you see that his rights was violated?

Besides, they release his address.... 800 block... how many houses there are? 5-6? How hard is to figure out which one is it? Do you think 18year old can afford to buy a house? It's his parents. They violate their privacy and rights.

Just like fifth says: "nor shall private property be taken for public use" and name and address is a private property

Hahahahahaha
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December 31, 2013
Why not?

Fifth Amendment:

"No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."

Sixth Amendment:

"In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
doors17
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December 31, 2013
RobertM89, If you think his civil rights were violated then contact an attorney to get legal advice to see if you have a case and then let us know what he or she said.
Hahahahahaha
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December 31, 2013
"What you are about to witness is real. The participants are not actors. They are the actual people who are either friends of the guy arrested for shooting up the entrance to the West Valley Mall during the busy holiday shopping season or are local residents who don't appreciate having their city shot up by hoodlums and are dissatisfied overall by the downward direction the city is headed due to lazy parents and overrun political correctness. Both parties have agreed to express their personal opinions and very limited knowledge and understanding of city, state and federal laws here, in our forum: THE PEOPLE’S COURT: TRACY PRESS EDITION."
mdsmith17
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January 01, 2014
RobertM89, California law says that the names of adults who are arrested is a public record and the police have to release their name. So you can try and sue TPD all you want, but they were complying with State law.
Nicholson08
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December 26, 2013
Was good friends with his brother growing up and comes from a great family. He was part of the wrestling club years back and was talented. Shame he made bad decisions and it came to this.
RDavidD
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December 26, 2013
Thank God no one was injured. For those of you who want to assume that this sort of thing is perpetrated by thugs from horrible families, that is just not true. This young man happens to come from a great and honest family whom I have known for many years. If he truly is guilty it will show that our young men are in danger of mixing with the wrong crowd no matter how solid their roots. Sometimes these things hit incredibly close to home.
PublicCitizen
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December 26, 2013
No matter how you polish it, a turd is still a turd.
bigrat72
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December 26, 2013
Just praying for this young man and his family.
Wobbley
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December 27, 2013
Well, THANK GOD HE DIDN'T KILL ANYONE WITH THIS STUPIDITY. Probably spurned by a girl, most likely.
fortheunderdog
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December 26, 2013
I was at the mall that evening standing in the "round" just inside the east doors. I later spoke with a salesperson, from one of the mall businesses, who said he was on his lunch break eating in his car that was parked on the east side. He said he saw what could have been the suspect leave the area in a white Camry. I haven't seen this mentioned in any articles. If the suspect has, or his family owns a white Camry, this is definitely the guy.
EllieS
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December 26, 2013
The police rarely release info like this if they don't need the publics help in finding someone. The news reported on tv, someone driving away in a white sedan so it certainly wasn't a secret. I heard this info the night it occured.
RobertM89
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December 27, 2013
As many thousands others, this does not prove anything.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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December 26, 2013
Interestin. A Hotel checks inta th Grey-bar Hotel. Hope he has a nice long stay if actually found guilty.
Citizensheep
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December 27, 2013
low bar mockery to condemn before a fair trial. Ornley at his best. Christmas charity must have been boxed up pretty quickly.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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December 27, 2013
Citizensheep

So sorry ta hear ya have a readin comprehension problem. Ya obviously missed th "if actually found guilty," part of my comment.

In th spirit of Christmass charity fer yerself, might I suggest ya take off yer hate Ornley glasses before makin yer obviously hate filled statements tawards others?
tracyresdnt
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December 25, 2013
Great job TPD

Hope it was worth it punk. Your life has just been round filed.
goarmy2
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December 25, 2013
Great job TPD at the mall and getting this thug. Merry Christmas Lorenzo. May you get 20 years as your present.
Theproudson
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December 25, 2013
I hope he spends mire than one Christmas in lockup we don't need this kind of trash here in Tracy.


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