Tracy police are investigating the killing of a Tracy man who was walking in Gretchen Talley Park on Sunday night.
The San Joaquin County Coroner’s Office identified the man as Parmjit Singh, 64, of Tracy, on Monday afternoon.
Lt. Trevin Freitas said Tracy Police Department received a call at 9:05 p.m. Sunday about a man lying in the road bleeding in front of the park at 1551 Dove Drive. Officers responding to the call found Singh near the gutter on Dove Drive near Egret Drive suffering from what Freitas called “traumatic injuries.”
Interim Chief Alex Neicu said Monday that officers arrived within two minutes of receiving the call. Fire and ambulance crews tried to help him, but he died from his injuries at the scene. Freitas wouldn’t speak about what caused those injuries.
Singh had been walking in the park. Tracy police records indicate that a trail of blood went from the park to where he collapsed on the street.
Police closed Dove Drive near the park for their investigation, and people living in the area were instructed to stay inside and lock their doors.
Neicu said detectives and patrol officers worked through the night. Their main focus was to find as much evidence as possible.
“Most of the evidence turned out to be video from different cameras that are in the area. They were able to get pieces of video and kind of put a timeline together, kind of an approximation of what we think happened,” he said. “It’s not a complete movie of everything, so we don’t know exactly what happened.”
A drone from the Manteca Police Department flew over the park Monday to search the tops of building.
A video clip of someone Neicu described as “a person of interest” who was seen in the park near the time of the killing was released to the public Monday evening in hopes someone could identify him. Investigators want to talk to the person and see what he might know.
“We don’t know if they were involved,” Neicu said. “It just looks a little suspicious. They were running through the park.”
No one has been arrested in connection with Singh’s death. When asked whether the killing could be a hate crime, Freitas said that there was no known motive, but the police were investigating all possibilities.
The park is next to Hirsch Elementary School, but Freitas said nothing led the police to believe there was any danger to the staff or students. The Tracy Unified School District office confirmed that Hirsch classes met as usual as officers continued their investigation.
Anyone who has any information on Singh's killing is asked to call Detective Camillo Swiger at 209-831-6648 or Detective Jarrod Jesser at 209-831-6640. People can also call the police department’s general line at 209-831-6550, call Tracy Crime Stoppers at 209-831-4847, or text “TIPTPD” plus a message to 274637.
The last homicide in Tracy was June 22, when Andrea Cervantes-Alejandre, an 18-year-old Tracy resident, was found dead in an apartment on the 100 block of West Carlton Way. The police named Antonio Flores-Cuellar, 41, as the suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest June 26.