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Suspect in custody connected to fatal shooting of Safeway clerk

A suspect in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old Safeway clerk in American Canyon has been arrested, authorities said Monday.

Christopher (Roly) Young, 23, of Martinez was arrested Sunday, the same day Nathan Gabriel Garza was shot and died in the parking lot of the Safeway on West American Canyon Road, Napa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Henry Wofford said.

Google Maps The Napa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal shooting that happened in the American Canyon, Calif. Safeway parking on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020.

Soon after the 12:02 p.m. shooting, investigators identified a white Cadillac with a partial California license plate of 7NP that was seen speeding from the parking lot as a vehicle of interest. About half an hour later, callers reported a man jumping fences and running through backyards in another American Canyon neighborhood. Napa County sheriff’s deputies and Napa police responded and arrested Young, Wofford said.

At first Young was not believed to be the suspect in the shooting, Wofford said. But after a surveillance video from a nearby home showed a man matching his description getting out of a white Cadillac, and the car was found nearby and matched to the one seen leaving the Safeway parking lot, Young was identified as the suspect, Wofford said.

A search of the Cadillac then turned up a .45 caliber handgun, the same caliber gun that investigators believe was used in the deadly shooting, Wofford said.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or can otherwise help the investigation is asked to call (707)253-4591.

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