Clovis man killed in shooting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers

Clovis police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old city man who was shot in the head Monday afternoon near his residence.

Amos Soliz was found shortly before 2 p.m. in the front yard at 817 Sheldon St. with a single gun shot wound, Lt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department said at the scene.

Soliz was pronounced dead at Plains Regional Medical Center a short time later, Whitney reported.
Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair said about 9 p.m. Monday no arrests had yet been made.

“It’s still under investigation, but we are leaning towards some kind of a dispute — I don’t think this was a random thing,” Blair said.

The shooting death was the city’s fourth homicide in 2006.
Soliz lived at 815 Sheldon St. in the duplex next door to the yard where he was found, Whitney said.

He said witnesses reported four or five shots were fired.

Witnesses saw two vehicles fleeing the scene after the shooting, according to Whitney. He said the vehicles crashed in front of the house as they were fleeing, leaving broken glass in the street.

The cars were described as a green Dodge Neon and an older-model white, blue and black Chevrolet or GMC Suburban, Whitney said.
Blair said a black man was driving the Suburban.

A block from the scene, Sylvia Dierking watched from her porch Monday as police investigators took photos in Soliz’ yard, the section of Sheldon Street between Eighth and Ninth streets closed to traffic.
Dierking said she met Soliz on several occasions.

“He was a young kid — oh my God, he’s so young,” choking back sobs and covering her eyes.

A Clovis native, Dierking said she moved to the neighborhood about four months ago when a family member offered her affordable rent.

Monday’s shooting has her afraid for her two children in a neighborhood she said has declined over the years.

“This is a bad neighborhood, this is a really bad neighborhood,” the 33-year-old single mother said, shaking her head.

“I don’t have a choice — I can’t leave, so I won’t be moving. It makes me want to, but I can’t,” she said.