STOCKTON - A Stockton police officer was shot shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday in the 1900 block of Colt Drive, the same block where a fatal shooting occurred two nights earlier.
Two dozen police cars converged on the scene, where it was reported that one suspect also had been hit by gunfire.
At 10:35 p.m., Stockton police were preparing to set up a command center at the scene, when it was believed additional suspects may have been inside a residence directly behind Plaza Robles High School on Thornton Road.
One witness said he heard at least six shots.
The conditions of the officer and the suspects were unknown late Wednesday. At 10:10 p.m., two ambulances left the scene with sirens blaring.
At one point, two dozen squad cars were on the scene as well as personnel from the Stockton Fire Department and the California Highway Patrol.
Shortly before 11 p.m., the Rev. Jerry Chandler, longtime pastor of Bible Methodist Church in Stockton and a police chaplain, arrived at the scene. "Any time there is an officer-involved shooting, they call one of us," he said.
Officers at the scene estimated that the Police Department would be out in force for hours.
The neighborhood is characterized by small duplexes and 40-year-old houses.
Shortly before 10 p.m., when multiple shots were heard, residents from both sides of Colt Drive scrambled into the street, many fearful just two days after the earlier shooting.
They huddled in groups and talked about danger of life on the streets in Stockton. Many were trying to leave the area behind the crime scene tape.
"It was just a 'checkout,' just stopping and talking to folks," said an unidentified police officer helping to secure the scene of the situation before the shooting. "Absolutely, this is not related to what happened here the other day," the officer added.
The shooting took place 14 doors away from Monday night's slaying.
At Colt Drive and Cody Way, a half-block from the active crime scene, candles still burned at a makeshift memorial for Stanley Jones, 42, who was killed Monday. The sign on the sidewalk said "Rest EZ, Big Man Stan."
There have been no arrests in the slaying, which was the fourth homicide in north Stockton in a three-day span.
The command post will be set up far enough away from Plaza Robles "so that the school will have access," one officer said. "We're going to be here at least until dawn with this thing,"