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Antonio Garcia of La Mesa Arrested in Connection with Fatal Shooting

The victim in the shooting, Josue Rodriguez, eventually succumbed to his injuries.

A La Mesa man has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting on Thursday, Oct. 4, in which one person was shot in the back of the head, La Mesa police said Monday.

The incident occurred at approximately 5:22 p.m. in the 5800 block of Amarillo Avenue. The victim, Josue Rodriguez, 33, was rushed to the hospital, but eventually succumbed to his injuries.

The motive for the slaying remains unknown, though witnesses reported hearing an argument between two men just before the gunfire rang out, according to Willis.

It also was unclear why the victim was in the neighborhood where he was slain. He had driven there but was on foot when he was shot, possibly while trying to run away from the assailant, Willis said.

The gunman apparently left the scene on foot and was picked up by someone in a vehicle a short time later.

An investigation led detectives to a residence in the 1800 block of “G” Avenue in National City, where the suspect was believed to be hiding at a relative's home. There, LMPD found Antonio Garcia, 32, of La Mesa, who was taken into custody. No one was harmed during the arrest.

No arrest information is available, but police said Garcia will be booked on suspicion of murder.

The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is urged to call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400.

You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or www.sdcrimestoppers.com).  You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.

– City News Service contributed to this report.

Deena While October 09, 2012 at 12:56 AM
That's the kind of news we like to hear! Way to go LMPD!
Brenda October 09, 2012 at 01:05 AM
But what happened to the other guy that was fleeing into my canyon? Someone needs to find him too.
Komfort October 09, 2012 at 03:26 AM
If Fabian Nuñez had another son, would he look like Antonio Garcia?
john smith October 09, 2012 at 06:01 PM
And what about the rest of the residents of that house, do we have to wait for them to return and continue their illegal activities? I live a few doors up and have had to call police on the activities there, people coming and going, cars parked everywhere, motorcycles and cars being repaired at night. The owner of the house is either absent or the bank has foreclosed on it and no one is taking responsibility for the activities of their tenants. I blame the owner of this rental for not caring about the residents of our neighborhood and it's well being.
Mike October 09, 2012 at 09:33 PM
This is a nice neighborhood. I should know, I've lived on the next block for 20+ years. Too bad things like this have to happen. I think we need to be more diligent when we see illegal activities going on like they were (or still are) at this house. Let's go after the owners and declare these places public nuisances. Let's take our nice neighborhood back!
Gregg D. McClendon October 10, 2012 at 01:13 AM
I agree with Mike, I've been in this neighborhood for 52 years. It is a good area, great people, and I feel we have a great Police Dept.. However if we don't report illegal activities such as what has been taking place at this house nothing happens and then our nice neighborhood will be run over with these type of "hoods". It is up to all of us to help keep our streets and neighborhoods safe and rid La Mesa of the bad apples.
Deena While October 10, 2012 at 03:33 AM
So glad to hear the neighbors coming together to solve this problem. Yes, it is important to call the police with every incident. The PD need to know how often the problem is occurring. You are the LMPD's eyes and ears, their partner in solving this problem. Call them. Don't hesitate - it's the only way to bring peace back to your neighborhood. You can also get Code Enforcement involved.
john smith October 11, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I would like to hear from the Police department about what we can do to get rid of the the remaining people at the house. Everyone that lived there were involved in one way or another. I'm trying to find out who the present owner is, as they are the only ones who can force an eviction. Guns, drug related activity at all times of the night, working on vehicles parked in the yard, raising pit bulls, gang tattoos. Those are not the kind of people who make up our neighborhood.
Things I Learned October 11, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Muchos Garcias.
Kevin George October 11, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Just curious....Are you the same Gregg McClendon that I know?
TinkerBell October 12, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Its funny how people get influenced by the media. They think they are safe but wait.. what happened to the other guys that ran through the canyon and went through the fences, they are still at large..as well as the media makes the “victim” look all innocent without checking his background.. Mr. Rodriguez posted on his facebook “STILL ON A SICKONE LIKE EVERYONE KILLA its up to you if wun of your loveones get the oneway ticket to grave b***h f**k al;l your hoods IRISAVE !# LOKOS Big San DiEgO SUR 13” the day before he went looking for trouble in our neighborhood..as a la mesa resident I am still worried about our safety, Rodriguez’s friends, who left him to die, and the real murderer are still at large.
joe dirt October 13, 2012 at 01:19 AM
JOSUE RODRIGUEZ YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE ALL BAD ALL GANSTER HUH ? HERE IS A QUICK ARTICLE ABOUT HIM " May 21, 2011 (Spring Valley) – Two felOny warrant suspects were taken into custody Thursday afternoon by deputies and investigators from the Sheriff’s Lemon Grove station. Josue Rodriguez, 32, was a documented gang member on state parole and was reportedly armed. Michele Salas, 33, who has been wanted since 2009. AND PEOPLE SAY JOSUE RODRIGUEZ WAS A GOOOOD PERSON HAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
joe dirt October 13, 2012 at 01:19 AM
JOSUE RODRIGUEZ YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE ALL BAD ALL GANSTER HUH ? HERE IS A QUICK ARTICLE ABOUT HIM " May 21, 2011 (Spring Valley) – Two felOny warrant suspects were taken into custody Thursday afternoon by deputies and investigators from the Sheriff’s Lemon Grove station. Josue Rodriguez, 32, was a documented gang member on state parole and was reportedly armed. Michele Salas, 33, who has been wanted since 2009. AND PEOPLE SAY JOSUE RODRIGUEZ WAS A GOOOOD PERSON HAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
joe dirt October 13, 2012 at 01:23 AM
JOSUE RODRIGUEZ YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE ALL BAD ALL GANSTER HUH ? HERE IS A QUICK ARTICLE ABOUT HIM " May 21, 2011 (Spring Valley) – Two felOny warrant suspects were taken into custody Thursday afternoon by deputies and investigators from the Sheriff’s Lemon Grove station. Josue Rodriguez, 32, was a documented gang member on state parole and was reportedly armed. Michele Salas, 33, who has been wanted since 2009. AND PEOPLE SAY JOSUE RODRIGUEZ WAS A GOOOOD PERSON HAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
joe dirt October 13, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Its fuuny how older people talk smack behind a computer , tell me why JOSUE RODRIGUEZ WAS IN THE LA MESA AREA GOING TO ANTONIO GARCIA HOUSE? TELL ME WHY JOSUE RODRIGUEZ THREW A ROCK AND BROKE HIS WINDOW? TELL ME WHY JOSUE RODRIGUEZ HAS A WARANT FOR HIS ARREST AND WAS CAUGHT WITH AN ARMED WEAPON BACK IN 2011 , TELL ME WHY JOSUE RODRIGUEZ IS FROM A GANG AND EVERY CLAIMS HES SUCH A GREAT PERSON ? HAHA. SINCE WHEN IS A GANG MEMBER A NICE PERON. WHAT HAPPEN TO THE OTHER GUYS THAT RAN INTO THE CANYON ???? WHAT HAPPEN TO JOSUE RODRIGUEZ GET AWAY CAR???? WHY WOULD HE NEED A GET AWAY CAR?? HE OBVIOUSLY WANTED TO DO SOMETHING AND HE BROKE INTO HIS HOUSE MORE THAN 1 TIME . TONY WERE ALL WITH YOU LET THE MEDIA TALK ALL THEY WANT .
joe dirt October 13, 2012 at 01:24 AM
READ THIS ! YOU GET THE TRUTH ABOUT JOSUE RODRIGUEZ!! http://eastcountymagazine.org​/taxonomy/term/8479
joe dirt October 13, 2012 at 01:25 AM
WAS ANYBODY THERE???? DO YOOU GUYS KNOW WHAT HAPPEN?? DID YOOU ACTUALLY SEE HIM DO IT??? EXCATLLY YOU GUYS DONT KNOW NOTHING , YOU BELIEVE THE MEDIA !!!
joe dirt October 13, 2012 at 01:31 AM
LA MESA RESIDENTS I WOULD BE MAD ALSO. BUT LOOK WHAT JOSUE RODRIGUEZ DID HE CAME TO YOUR AREA TO TRY LOOKING FOR TROUBLE, WHAT HAPPEN TO THE OTHER GUYS THAT LEFT RUNNING ? AND WHAT ABOUT JOSUE GET AWAY CCAR? I HIGHLY DISAGREE IN VIOLENCE IN NICE NIEBORHOODS . AND ALSO DISAGREE WITH PEOPLE AND THE MEDIA TALKING MORE THAN WHAT IT IS ,ANTONIO IS INNOCENT !!
MORE DIRT October 16, 2012 at 06:57 PM
JOE IS RIGHT. I SAW JOSUE'S FAMILY ON A TV INTERVIEW AND ALMOST FELL OUT OF MY SEAT. I USED TO GO TO SCHOOL WITH THIS GUY AND KNEW HIM. ALL HE EVER DID WAS COMMIT CRIME AFTER CRIME. I WISH THE MEDIA WOULD STOP PORTRAYING HIM AS SOME LAW BIDING DAD. HE WAS A FUGITIVE AT THE TIME HE WAS KILLED AND HAS BEEN GOING TO JAIL EVER SINCE HE WAS IN SCHOOL. HE GREW UP IN SAN YSIDRO AND STILL CLAIMED HIS GANG WHEN HE WAS KILLED. IF ANYONE CURRRENTLY KNEW HIM, THEY KNEW HE GOT WHAT WAS COMING TO ANYBODY WHO LIVED THAT LIFESTYLE AND WAS FULED UP ON METH EVERYDAY OF THEIR LIFE. HE NEVER HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH HIS KID, SO THE PICTURES THE NEWS KEEPS SHOWING NEEDS TO STOP
Batman October 16, 2012 at 08:01 PM
You are right Mr Dirt. We can do without creeps like this. There is one candidate for city council who wants to build more section 8 housing in La Mesa and thus bring in more troublemakers like Mr Rodriguez. Now you know who NOT to vote for.
Sherry Howard November 01, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Who wants more Section 8 housing? I have no idea. All I know is that where I live, we have more crime, trash, and other crap since this wave of creeps has settled into La Mesa. What happened to our town????? Mulitiple robberies with guns? Where are these people coming from? Do they see us, in this town, as easy marks? I am ready to move and I have lived here all my life.....
Kevin George November 01, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Sherry, Patrick Dean is the candidate that stated at the candidates forum that he wants more section 8 housing in La Mesa.

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