MERCED — A 52-year old man died in a hospital Friday afternoon after two men shot him several times early Friday as he was walking along Childs Avenue in south Merced.
The victim's identity was withheld until police notified his family.
The Merced County Sheriff's Department said Friday afternoon that deputies arrested two suspects in connection with the shooting.
Officers arrested 18-year-old Marco Garibay in the 600 block of East 21st Street in Merced, said deputy Tom Mackenzie. Garibay was booked at Merced County Jail.
The second suspect, Carlos Castillo, 18, was arrested at 10 a.m. in the 100 block of Yorktown Square.
No weapons were recovered.
It was Merced's fifth homicide of the year.
Investigators believe the two suspects shot the man several times in the head and chest about midnight in the 1100 block of Childs Avenue.
The events leading up to the shooting are still unclear, Mackenzie said.
After the shooting, a witness said he saw the victim lying in the street, then spotted two people running away toward Highway 99 and Childs Avenue, deputies said.
The witness found two Merced police cars parked near the shopping area at Childs Avenue and Highway 99 and told them what he saw.
Police tried to follow the men, but they escaped. One officer recognized one of the people running as Garibay.
Merced County sheriff's deputies took over the investigation from Merced police because the crime took place in an unincorporated part of the city.