Shooting Victim Dies; Suspect Arrested

LA MESA -- The victim in last week's shooting on Amarillo Avenue has died of his injuries at the same time police were making an arrest in the case.

Police said Monday afternoon that Josue Rodriguez, 33, of El Cajon was declared brain dead as a result of gunshot wounds suffered October 4 at about  5:22 p.m. Police suspect the murder was drug related.

La Mesa police Capt. Dan Willis said Rodriguez was declared brain dead and the case taken over by the coroner's office, though the victim's body was being maintained by medical officials in hopes of harvesting organs for donation.

Also Monday afternoon, SWAT officers from La Mesa and National City executed a warrant in the 1800 block of "G" Avenue in National City and arrested Antonio Garcia, 32, of La Mesa (see photo above) who Willis said lives on Amarillo Avenue and was apparently hiding out in National City. No one was harmed during the arrest. The suspect will later be booked for murder, police said.

Police are also looking for a second man, described as Hispanic and about 20 years old. He was seen leaving the murder scene and entering a silver, two door Honda with two women also in the car.

Police are also looking for any information about the victim; known associates have not been forthcoming.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400.

You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.

Suspect: Antonio Garcia (32) of La Mesa

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Comment by chuck dunn on October 8, 2012 at 7:03pm

Hopefully the friends OF Josue will come forward and help.. if convicted Antonio should be put on the Texas fast track for execution..

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