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Turlock murder suspect caught in Modesto
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Thomas Gonzales

A man wanted in connection with the killing of a 38-year-old Turlock man was apprehended in Modesto during a traffic stop.

Law enforcement took Thomas Gonzales, 34, into custody Friday night for the fatal shooting of Oscar Peralta, 38.

Peralta was killed May 25 near the intersection of Starr and N. Denair avenues.

Peralta was out walking around 11:30 p.m. when he was approached by a large group of people on foot, according to the Turlock Police Department. One of the individuals in the group opened fire and shot Peralta multiple times.

The police department received multiple calls reporting shots had been fired in the area. The first officers to arrive at the scene found Peralta with multiple gunshot wounds. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died of his injuries.

A motive for the shooting has not been released, though at the time the police department said it appeared gang-related.

Through some investigative leads, detectives were able to identify Gonzales as a suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest on a homicide charge, said Turlock Police Sgt. Stephen Webb.

 Around 7:30 p.m. Friday a Modesto Police officer on patrol spotted Gonzales driving in the area of Crippen Avenue and recognized him as the person wanted in connection to the homicide, said Modesto police spokesperson Heather Graves.

A traffic stop was initiated and Gonzales was taken into custody without incident. He is being held at the Stanislaus County Jail with no bail.

The investigation in Peralta’s death remains ongoing.