Shotgun shooting investigation hits snag

victim remains mum

February 20, 2002|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

El Centro police investigators have reached a roadblock in the investigation into a shooting Friday in which one man was hit by a shotgun blast.

The victim, 34-year-old Jose Canez, and his family have been unwilling to provide police the information officers need for the case, according to El Centro police Lt. Tim Blankenship.

"When the victim and the family do not cooperate, they leave us little recourse," Blankenship said this morning.

The shooting occurred about 8:30 p.m. in the 400 block of Orange Avenue.

The victim was standing outside his El Centro home when two men walked toward him, one of them reportedly brandishing a shotgun.

At least one blast was fired and the victim was struck. He was taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for his wounds.


He was last reported to be in stable condition, but updated information on his condition was unavailable this morning.

The suspects have been described only as Hispanic males, one of whom had a goatee. Both were in dark clothes.

Police did obtain a beanie cap and a sweater from the scene that may have belonged to one of the suspects.

Blankenship said he is unsure what reason Canez has for not cooperating more with police. He did say the investigation is stalled at this point.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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