Police identify victim in Livermore homicide

Two transients had ongoing feud before shooting, LPD says

The man fatally shot in a Livermore shopping center parking lot early Wednesday morning has been identified as 31-year-old local transient Juan Manuel Elias, according to police.

Elias, who had been living in the creek area near Walmart on Las Positas Road, was apparently involved in an ongoing feud with another local transient, whom police allege obtained a gun and shot Elias multiple times in the upper torso.

Livermore police identified their suspect as 30-year-old Johnathon Michael Inocencio soon after the shooting, alleging that Inocencio initially fled the scene in a vehicle but was later apprehended not far from Sacramento by the Elk Grove Police Department.

Inocencio was taken into Livermore police custody Wednesday afternoon and later booked into the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on suspicion of murder, according to Sgt. Steve Goard.

The shooting occurred around 4 a.m. Wednesday in the parking lot between Kohl's and Walmart on the 2700 block of Las Positas Road, according to Goard.

Livermore police officers arrived to find Elias shot multiple times in his upper torso, according to Goard. The 31-year-old died from his injuries at the scene.

"So far in the investigation, it appears the suspect and victim were involved in a confrontation that led to Johnathon Inocencio shooting the victim multiple times in the upper torso," Goard said Wednesday.

Though identified as a transient also living in the nearby creek area, Inocencio allegedly fled the shooting scene in a vehicle. Livermore police issued a statewide "be on the lookout" (BOLO) for Inocencio's vehicles Wednesday morning, and he was located and arrested without incident in Elk Grove around 1:45 p.m., Goard said.

Detectives continue to investigate the case, Goard said. Anyone with information about the fatal shooting, including potential witnesses, can call the Livermore PD tip-line at 371-4790. Those who wish to remain anonymous may do so.

Elias' death marked the second fatal shooting in the city in less than a month and the third overall in greater Livermore this year.

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7 people like this
Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Aug 9, 2019 at 10:07 am

What were two transients arguing about at 4 a.m.? Drugs?

2 people like this
Posted by carlos
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 9, 2019 at 11:43 am

What were two transients arguing about at 4 a.m.? Drugs?

The same as everyone else, Trump

11 people like this
Posted by Steve
a resident of another community
on Aug 9, 2019 at 1:31 pm

Homeless transients don't care about politics - including Trump. A lot of housed people couldn't care less about politics, nor do they vote. Quit making everything a political issue.

8 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 9, 2019 at 6:59 pm

Pleasanton Parent is a registered user.

Ban transients

4 people like this
Posted by Bill
a resident of another community
on Aug 13, 2019 at 12:42 pm

Too much trouble at Walmart.

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