LIVINGSTON -- Two lives destroyed over a $10 wager at an illegal cockfight.
That's how Merced County Sheriff's detectives have characterized the deaths of two men early Sunday, after gunshots rang out at a rural home outside of Livingston.
One victim has been identified as 20-year-old Miguel Romo Orosco of Turlock. The other victim, who appears to be in his late 20s to early 30s, hasn't been identified.
Deputies responded to a home in the 6200 block of Washington Avenue near Peach Avenue about 1 a.m. Sheriff Mark Pazin said a disagreement over a wager had erupted between two groups at a cockfight at the home.
As the disagreement unfolded, one man shot Orosco. The shooter was chased down by Orosco's older brother, Rafael Orosco, 24, and Juan Carlos Aguilera, 32.
Aguilera and Orosco wrestled the shooter's gun away and pummeled him to death in the street, outside of the home, authorities said. "There was a passerby that witnessed some of it, and tried to get (Orosco and Aguilera) to stop. And they were just bent on getting their vengeance right away for the shooting of the brother," Pazin said.
Aguilera was flown to a Modesto hospital with a gunshot wound to his side, Pazin said. Detectives haven't said whether a weapon was used during the beating that followed the shooting.
Another person injured during the melee was treated at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock and released.
Orosco is being held at the Merced County Jail on suspicion of homicide. Aguilera will be booked at the jail after he's released from the hospital, Pazin said.
Investigators found a small arena used for rooster fighting and 10 to 15 roosters in cages.
There were rooster carcasses strewn about from the cockfight matches, Pazin said.