Son of former Merced County DA Killed in Atwater Drive By Shooting


ATWATER, California – The son of former Merced County District Attorney Larry Morse II, Ethan Morse, was shot and killed in Atwater on Friday.

At 10 a.m., the Atwater Police Department responded to a drive-by shooting at Winton Way and Fir Avenue.

Officers arrived and found Ethan Morse suffering gun shot wounds.

He was treated at the scene and transported to Mercy Hospital with life-threatening injuries, and he later died.

As a precaution, schools in the area were placed on lockdown while a search for the suspect was conducted. The schools later returned to normal operations. 

The shooter was described as being a Hispanic male, wearing sunglasses, a black T-shirt and tan pants.

He fled the scene east on Fir Street, authorities said.

No other information on the shooting was immediately available.

Back in 2014, Ethan Morse was in the news when he was arrested and charged with murder. He was a later found innocent.

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