Preliminary autopsy results on the shooting victims from last week's double homicide in Winton were released Monday by the Merced County Coroner's Office.
Andreas Rodriguez and Abraham Valenzuela were killed Wednesday night when several people approached them and began firing outside a house on Peridot Avenue in Winton. Rodriguez suffered two gunshot wounds, one in the right arm and one to the lower abdomen. He died from damaged caused by the bullet to his stomach, the sheriff's department said. While conducting the autopsy, the pathologist found a bullet lodged near his spine from a previous injury. Family members told the Merced County Sheriff's Department that Rodriguez was a victim of a 2008 drive-by shooting in Southern California. The shooting was the reason Rodriguez was confined to a wheelchair.
Valenzuela was struck once in the upper chest, near his left shoulder. The bullet nicked a major artery leading to his heart, the sheriff's department said.
Anyone with information on the shooting may contact the Merced Sheriff's Office Major Crime Division at (209) 385-7472 and ask for Detective Corey Gibson.