Man, 22, shot to death in Winton

Gun fired through car door at victim inside

north@mercedsunstar.comFebruary 19, 2013 

— A 22-year-old man died after being shot Monday afternoon while sitting in a car, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported.

The name of the victim hasn't been released, pending notification of his next-of-kin by the coroner's office. Deputies say no suspects have been arrested.

The incident was reported around 1:30 p.m. in the 7400 block of McConnell Street.

Witnesses told authorities the victim was sitting in the driver's seat of a white 2009 Kia when he was approached by a person who fired several rounds from a handgun into the door next to him, said Deputy Tom MacKenzie, sheriff's spokesman.

When deputies arrived, they found the victim in the car, MacKenzie said. Deputies performed CPR until an ambulance took the victim to Mercy Medical Center Merced, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police say the shooter fled on foot.

The investigation is ongoing, MacKenzie said, and it's unknown if the shooting is gang-related.

The death is the third reported homicide in Merced County this year. The first homicide this year was reported Jan. 1 in Delhi, after 67-year-old J.D. Reed was found shot to death in his home. The victim's son, 35-year-old Curtis Reed, was arrested in that case.

The other homicide was reported Feb. 4 in southeast Merced, after 61-year-old George Aragon was beaten to death by around seven to 14 people. No suspects have been arrested in that case.

Reporter Mike North can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or