A suspect in the possible road rage shooting of a 30-year-old mother of four in East Oakland on Oct. 25 confessed to police he committed the murder, according to court records. Carl Stephen Dubose, 20, of Oakland was arrested in Elk Grove last Wednesday after a standoff with police. He has been charged with murder and attempted murder for firing at Perla Avina and her husband, Luis Lopez Gallegos, striking and killed Avina as they drove in the 400 to 600 blocks of 98th Avenue just after 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 25.
Avina and Gallegos were driving in their 1998 Toyota Camry and allegedly had a confrontation with Dubose as he drove in his silver 2001 Volvo S40, according to police. Following media reports of her death, investigators received tips on the driver and canvassed the area for video surveillance, police said. According to a probable cause statement by police Sgt. Caesar Basa, a witness identified Dubose as a suspect. Police tracked Dubose to a home in the 6900 block of March Way in Elk Grove on Wednesday afternoon and arrested him after a standoff that lasted over two hours, according to Elk Grove police.
He eventually surrendered and was transferred to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin Thursday where he is being held without bail. Police recovered his Volvo and the gun believed to have been used in the shooting at the Elk Grove home. Basa said that Dubose confessed to the murder. He is next scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 17 to enter a plea, according to jail records. Police have released few details of what led up to the shooting, but said that Dubose did not know Avina and Gallegos and said the motive for the shooting was possibly road rage.
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