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Fatal shooting reported outside American Canyon Safeway, authorities say

Fatal shooting reported outside American Canyon Safeway, authorities say


Updated at 4:40 p.m. — The victim of a fatal shooting Sunday outside the American Canyon Safeway was an employee of the supermarket, authorities said.

Nathan Gabriel Garza, an 18-year-old Fairfield resident, died after being shot in the parking lot of the grocery at 103 W. American Canyon Road shortly after noon, according to Henry Wofford, spokesman for the Napa County Sheriff's Office.

The suspect fled the scene, according to Wofford, who said the suspect had not been detained as of 4:35 p.m. and no further details were available. The public asked to avoid the area, and Wofford said sporadic street closures may take place near the Safeway.

Both the sheriff's office and American Canyon Police are investigating the case. Any witnesses to the shooting are asked to call the sheriff's office investigations line at 707-253-4591.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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Howard Yune covers public safety for the Napa Valley Register. He has been a reporter and photographer for the Register since 2011, and previously wrote for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Anaheim Bulletin and Coos Bay (Oregon) World.

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