OCEANSIDE, Calif. - Detectives passed out fliers at Libby Lake Park and nearby neighborhoods Wednesday evening in hopes of generating leads in a week-old shooting that left two teens dead and another two hospitalized.
Edgar Sanchez, 15, and 13-year-old Melanie Virgen were mortally wounded at the northern Oceanside open-space recreation area shortly before 9 p.m. last Wednesday. They died at the scene.
An 18-year-old victim remained in a trauma center in critical condition Wednesday afternoon, while one of his companions on the night of the shooting, a 17-year-old boy, was released from medical care this week.
"No further information about the victims is being released, as this is an ongoing sensitive criminal investigation," Lt. Aaron Doyle said.
The fliers police handed out are in English and Spanish and have photos of both teens that were killed and a description of the suspects' truck. About 30 officers were out in the neighborhood stopping cars and asking for tips, but getting nowhere.
Neighbor Oscar Campos called it a culture of silence.
"It's kind of frustrating," he told 10News. "If people know what's going on and they're not letting people know, they're kind of allowing it to happen."
Authorities have released no suspected motive for the shooting.
Immediately following the gunfire – which erupted near a makeshift memorial for a teenage couple killed two years ago in a gang assault at the park – witnesses saw several men or teenage boys in dark clothing fleeing in a gray or silver 2005 or 2006 Toyota Tacoma or Tundra extended-cab pickup truck.
Police believe there were a lot of witnesses but have not heard from any of them. They hope the door knocks and $1,000 reward will help.
"Yeah, we're still not going to go away," said Oceanside police Sgt. Richard Schickel. "We're going to knock and talk. We're going to ask the questions. If they don't want to volunteer anything, that's all we can do."
Anyone with information about the case was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.