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Fatal shooting at Atwater restaurant

ATWATER — A 33-year-old man is dead after being shot about 8 p.m. Tuesday at a Foster's Freeze, police reported.

No suspects are in custody in connection with the shooting of David Valentine Ortiz of Atwater, according to Atwater Police Detective Armando Echevarria.

Police arrived at the scene in the 1400 block of Winton Way and found the victim with multiple gunshot wounds. Police said the victim was standing outside the business, waiting for an order, when a lone gunman approached and fired several shots.

The suspect continued firing at the victim after he fell to the ground, police said. Police believe the suspect left the scene in a red subcompact car and sped away on Mitchell Road.

No one else was hurt, Echevarria said.

The homicide is the second in Atwater this year. The city's other homicide happened last week. The victim in that case, 25-year-old Arturo Cisneros, was shot to death Dec. 1 at his apartment in the 2000 block of Fruitland Avenue. No one has been arrested in that case.

Twenty homicides have been reported in Merced County this year.

Police believe there are patrons and witnesses who saw Tuesday's shooting happen, but left the scene before officers arrived.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the crime to call 357-6395 or the department's tip line, 357-6390. All callers will remain confidential.

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