Four people were arrested this morning in connection with a 2008 gang-related homicide in Union City, police said today. Union City police served a series of search and arrest warrants this morning with the help of Fremont and Newark police and the Southern Alameda County Major Crimes Task Force, police Lt. Ben Horner said in a statement. Four of those arrested were identified as having taken part in the shooting death of Juan Carlos Gomez, a 28-year-old Hayward resident, on Feb. 29, 2008.
Gomez was shot and killed near Kennedy Park. He and another man were found in a vehicle on 12th Street around 6:15 p.m., both suffering from gunshot wounds. Initial reports indicated that a group of males approached the two men, who were in their vehicle at 12th and J streets. After an argument, the car began to speed off through the park. Shots were fired at the vehicle, which broadsided a parked car on J Street. Gomez was said to be the driver at the time of the shooting.
Investigators later determined that the shooting took place during a robbery and that gang-related slogans were overheard during the incident, Horner said. Police said they would not release the identities of those arrested until later today due to the “fluid and complex nature of the investigation.”
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