MERCED -- A 52-year-old man fatally shot early Friday morning as he was walking along Childs Avenue has been identified as Charles Johnson of Merced, according to the coroner's office.
Two suspects remain in custody: Marco Garibay and Carlos Castillo, both 18.
Deputies haven't released any new information in the slaying.
Details about the motive remain sketchy, but investigators believe Johnson was a random victim. He was walking either to or from a store when he was shot. Both suspects are believed to have gang affiliations, according to Deputy Tom MacKenzie.
Johnson was shot several times in the head and chest about midnight in the 1100 block of Childs Avenue. The Merced County Sheriff's Department is investigating the crime because it happened in an unincorporated area.
Detectives are asking anyone with information in the case to call 209- 385-7472. Calls are kept confidential and callers can remain anonymous.