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Shooting investigations in Merced County

The Merced County Sheriff's Department is investigating two different shootings that left one dead and another wounded.
The Merced County Sheriff's department says a pair of shootings last week appear to be related. 

On Friday, people were shot at two separate locations in the town of Winton.

The first shooting involved a 21-year-old Army Reservist who was home on leave. Richard Tores was shot while sitting in his car but was able to drive himself to the hospital and is listed in serious condition. 

Just a few streets from that shooting, 29-year-old Maria Fuentes was shot several times while at a barbecue. She died on Tuesday.

Fresno County Sheriff Mark Pazin said, "It's stupid, absolutely stupid that you can't enjoy a weekend here in Merced County."

Deputies say the suspects are two or three young people who were dressed in black, driving a black vehicle. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Merced County Sheriff's Department or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.
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