STOCKTON, Calif. — Update: 12:00 a.m.
Stockton Police said they have a large police presence along Telegraph Avenue in connection to the homicide outside of the Golden 1 Credit Union.
Authorities told ABC10 that they were working to capture a suspect in connection to the shooting and were trying to bring someone into custody.
No additional information was available.
Law enforcement officials in Stockton are searching for a gunman after a deadly shooting near a bank at Stockton's Sherwood Mall.
The shooting was first reported around 11 a.m. Thursday near the Golden 1 Credit Union in the 5300 block of Pacific Avenue, within the parking lot of the Sherwood Mall, the Stockton Police Department said in a Facebook post.
"It appears that there was some type of disturbance outside of the bank that led up to the shooting," said Stockton Police Spokesperson Joe Silva. "If anyone saw something, we need them to say something."
On scene, officers say they found a 23-year-old man who had been shot and was later pronounced dead by paramedics.
Kareem Nofal had just pulled up moments earlier on his motorcycle and was inside to open a bank account.
"I heard two pops, boop, boop, and, then I looked out the window and I see a guy with a gun shooting three more shots. I saw it all," he said.
One customer who did not want to be identified said she witnessed two men arguing inside while she waited in the bank line.
"The shooter was basically just telling him like, 'Oh, you won't fight me,' like you're calling him foul names and saying like he was scared and then I did hear when he told him, 'Oh, I'm going to kill you,'" she said.
The investigation into the homicide temporarily blocked off northbound traffic on Pacific Avenue between Yokuts Avenue and Robinhood Drive, police said. The roadway has since reopened. The scene is located along a busy stretch of Pacific Avenue, a major thoroughfare in Stockton.
According to the San Joaquin Delta College Police Department, the fatal shooting happened across from the campus of San Joaquin Delta College. College officials said that the campus is safe and the suspect, who is still at-large, went away from the campus.
"It is unusual that we would see a brazen daytime shooting occur like this at the mall near the bank during daytime hours," Siva said. "Obviously, this is very concerning to us and also, with that, we do know that there were a lot of people in this area so someone had to see something, so hopefully they will come forward and give us that information."
Those with information on the deadly shooting or who may have witnessed it can call investigators at 209-937-8323.
Tipsters can also report information anonymously to Stockton Crimestoppers which offers a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
In a Facebook post, the Stockton Police Chaplaincy said that chaplains have been called out to the scene to "assist the Stockton Police Department or the community in a crisis."
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