The victim of a Saturday night shooting in Planada has been identified as Juan Carlos Juarez, 24, of Planada.
Sgt. Jason Goins, supervisor of the Merced County Sheriff's Department Major Crimes Unit, said Juarez died in surgery at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto at 6 a.m. Sunday. He was shot once in the chest at 10:54 p.m. outside his home on Division Street in Planada. No description is available for the suspect, who fled on foot.
Goins said Juarez was not a criminal street gang gang member but associated with people who were. The Major Crimes Unit and new countywide gang task force are investigating.