Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date August 11, 2005
Contact Lieutenant Jeff Collopy
Phone (951) 320-8039
Fax (951) 320-8043


Man Arrested in Connection with Shooting of Nigerian Visitor



Riverside, Ca- At approximately 12:25 PM, on Saturday, August 06, 2005, the Riverside Police Dispatch Center received reports of an assault with a deadly weapon at the Chevron gas station located at 2658 University Avenue. As officers were dispatched to the call, new reports of a gunshot victim lying in the street in front of the gas station began to come in. When officers arrived, they found a black male victim who had been shot once in the head. He was lying in the eastbound lanes of University. The victim was a passenger in a car leaving the gas station when he and the other occupants heard noises outside of the car. The victim opened the door and looked out. He was struck by a gunshot from behind the car. Another motorist who was eastbound on University struck the victim’s car as it left the driveway. The victim fell from the car as it drove away. The victim is:


Edward Nwajagu of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
He is 44 years old and is of Nigerian descent.
His condition is grave.


On August 9, 2005, Riverside Police Detectives arrested Jose Enrique Martinez (27 years) of Riverside in connection with this shooting. Martinez was the driver of the truck from which the shots were fired at the victim vehicle. The shooter was a passenger in the truck. He is described as a Hispanic male, 18-22 years, 5’3”-5’6” tall, stocky build with short dark hair. A second person wanted for questioning was with the shooter and may be a relative of his. That person is a Hispanic male, 15-16 Years, 5’5”-5’7” tall, thin build with short dark hair. These two were inside of the suspect vehicle when the victim vehicle drove by and the shots were fired at the vehicle and its occupants. Police do not know a motive for the shooting. Martinez was booked at the Robert Presley Detention for the charge of 32 PC (Accessory After the Fact). Additional charges will be considered as the investigation proceeds.

The Riverside Police Department is asking for the help of the public in identifying these two suspects. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call Detective Ron Sanfilippo at 951-320-8051 or Detective Greg Rowe at 951-320-8024. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call a tip-line at 951-320-8100.