Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date Wednesday, March 1, 2006
Contact Steven Frasher, Office of the Chief
Phone (951) 826-5147

Suspect identified in shooting of Nigerian visitor

Riverside, Ca- Riverside Police Department investigators have identified the suspected shooter in the August 6, 2005 University Avenue shooting in which an innocent newly-arrived visitor originally from Nigeria was shot in the head.

An arrest warrant for the attempted murder has been issued for the suspected gunman, David Anthony RODRIGUEZ, 20 of Riverside (Click image for larger picture). Rodriguez is currently in Corcoran State Prison, on unrelated charges. Previously arrested was Jose Enrique MARTINEZ, 27 of Riverside, for accessory after the fact. Allegedly Rodriguez fired a weapon, while at the Chevron gas station at University Avenue and Victoria Avenue.

The victim, Edward Nwajagu 44, who lived in Oklahoma City, was in Riverside with a group of Nigerians to attend meetings about combating gang violence. Nwajagu and his companions were in a car leaving the gas station when the gun shots erupted, one of which struck Nwajagu in the head. Nwajagu remains in grave condition, on life support.

Anyone having information about the incident are asked to call Detective Ron Sanfilippo, Riverside Police Department, at (951) 320-8051.