Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department detectives have identified Christopher Jose Schopp of Modesto as a suspect in the May 1 shooting death of Vang Xiong.
Detectives believe Schopp lured Xiong and his brother to an orchard in the 2600 block of West Whitmore Avenue in Modesto about 7:15 p.m. for a drug deal, according to a statement released Saturday night.
Two armed men arrived with Schopp, and during the drug deal one of the men shot Xiong. Schopp and the two men fled in an unknown type car and were last seen driving east on Whitmore.
Xiong’s brother began to drive him to the hospital, but stopped in the area of Kansas Avenue and Franklin Street in Modesto to call for help. An ambulance took Xiong to the hospital, but the Merced man later died as a result of his gunshot wounds.
Schopp is described as a Hispanic male adult, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 145 pounds. He has long brown hair in a ponytail and brown eyes.
There was no further information on the two men with Schopp.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Detective Cory Brown at (209) 567-4485. If anyone sees Schopp, call 911 immediately.