Man Fatally Shot in San Bernardino Strip Mall, Marking Area’s 4th Homicide in 5 Days

A 27-year-old man was shot to death in a San Bernardino strip mall on Wednesday night, authorities said, marking the fourth time in five days that police were investigating a homicide in the area.

Juan Carlos Villapudua was shot and killed in San Bernardino on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (Credit: San Bernardino Police Department)

Juan Carlos Villapudua was shot and killed in San Bernardino on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (Credit: San Bernardino Police Department)

The latest shooting occurred in the 2800 block of West Rialto Avenue (map) shortly after 11:30 p.m., according to Sgt. Gary Robertson with the San Bernardino Police Department.

The victim, identified as Juan Carlos Villapudua of San Bernardino, made contact with someone in a newer model white car, possibly a Nissan, according to a news release from the Police Department.

Someone inside the vehicle then fired a gun at Villapudua, striking him at least once in his upper torso, the news release stated.

Villapudua was pronounced dead at the scene.

Family members told KTLA that he was cashing a winning lottery ticket when he was shot, but that they believed the shooting was random.

They also said that Villapudua left behind five small children.

Police were searching for the gunman, who drove east on Rialto Avenue.

A motive for the shooting has not yet been established.

Wednesday night’s shooting came amid a series of shootings in the area that has left a total of four people dead since Saturday.

On Tuesday night, 45-year-old Phillip Andrew Jacobs Sr. was fatally shot and his 18-year-old daughter was wounded when a gunman opened fire inside an apartment complex.

A day earlier, Orlando Wayne Hunt Jr., 24, was shot to death and four others were injured in a shooting that occurred near a vape shop in the area.

Both of those shootings appeared to have been gang related, according to police.

Police were also investigating a shooting on Saturday that left a 23-year-old man dead, the San Bernardino Sun reported.

There have been 30 homicides this year in San Bernardino, according to the Sun.

Anyone with information on Wednesday’s shooting was asked to contact Detective Marco Granado at 909-953-4675 or Sgt. Gary Robertson at 909-841-5361.

Police were investigating a shooting at a San Bernardino strip mall on July 9, 2014 that left a man dead. (Credit: Newspro News)

Police were investigating a shooting at a San Bernardino strip mall on July 9, 2014 that left a man dead. (Credit: Newspro News)

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