SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Police have arrested a suspect wanted for gunning down two brothers at a South San Francisco park Monday afternoon. One of the victims, an aspiring police officer, died during surgery.
Christian Omar Cruz, 19, was arrested Wednesday around 2:45 a.m. after police received a tip that he was in the “Seaport” residential neighborhood of Stockton.
Investigators found him in the neighborhood walking down the street. He was taken into custody without incident, according to police.
Nicholas David Gomez, 20, of South San Francisco, and his brother were shot Monday at around 3 p.m. near Orange Memorial Park.
South San Francisco police officers responded to calls of an altercation involving several adults on First Lane. The fight then moved to the park and one of the subjects pulled out a gun and fire at the two victims.
When the police arrived, two victims were found shot and were immediately transported by the Fire Department to the Trauma Center, according police. Gomez underwent surgery for a life threatening injury but later died. His brother is in stable condition.
Police said they believe the shooting was not gang or drug related. Instead, it grew out of an on-going personal dispute among the three men involved.
On a GoFundMe page that was set up to help the family cover funeral and medical costs, Gomez was described as “gentle, kind and sweet” man who was working towards a career helping people.
“Nick worked at Nordstrom for the lost prevention department, which made him want to become a police officer or a firefighter since he loved protecting people,” the page said.
“I will treasure every single moment I was given with him. I choose to honor him by not having a heart full of anger,” said Tiffany Gomez-Tolentino, the victim’s mother.
The suspect was booked into the San Mateo County jail on homicide charges.