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Family of William Tull pushing Gridley police to step up shooting investigation

Almost six months ago someone gunned down William Tull. The family is pleading to Gridley police to step up the investigation.

Posted: May 7, 2021 11:52 AM
Updated: May 7, 2021 1:03 PM

GRIDLEY, Calif. - Nearly six months ago someone gunned down William Tull. The family is pleading to Gridley police to step up the investigation.

On Nov. 22, 2020, around 6:30 p.m., that's when someone opened fire on Tull near Washington and Laurel streets in Gridley. That killer is still on the loose.

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"We want somebody who knows what they're doing," Rhonda Tull, William's mother said. "We don't want to be a practice run."

"My fiancé was shot down right here," Roxanne Rodriguez, the fiance of William said.

The family thinks he was walking to town to grab a bite to eat.

Tull was shot multiple times right next to some storage units. Bullet holes are still visible in the area.

"That's crazy to think that somebody who you were with every day - something so horrible can happen to them that you have no clue," Rodriguez said.

Tears streaming down their faces, loved ones say they have questions for Gridley police. Action News Now took their questions to the police department.

"How come they didn't know what kind of vehicle it was?" asked Rhonda.

"The video I viewed showed a dark sedan but it was hard to tell which format, what maker model," Lieutenant Ruben Quihuiz, of the Gridley Police Department. "There were suspicions potentially of what kind of vehicle, but it was never anything positive."

The family is also wondering about the investigation itself.

"They didn't have forensic come down here to do anything," Rodriguez stated.

Lieutenant Quihuiz said they did collect evidence, the problem is waiting for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to process it.

"They get a lot of evidence from several agencies for crimes against people," Quihuiz said. "We too are in line with everybody else in terms of how priority goes." 

And based on home surveillance video – where you can hear what sounds like gunfire, and see some sort of activity in the upper left corner.

Quihuiz said he believes two people had to be involved in Tull's death.

While the investigation goes on, the family will continue to visit Tull's memorial hoping justice is served.

"Our pain will go on forever it will never stop," Rhonda said, also describing her son as kind and humourous. Tull used to be a safety inspector for PG&E and lived in Gridley for most of his life.

Rhonda and Rodriguez emphasized they do not mean to bash Gridley police, they are just wanting answers.

The family said everyone is welcome to come to a memorial for Tull's birthday on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at Laurel and Washington streets.

Gridley police said they call the DOJ every week to check up on the evidence for Tull's case.

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