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Farm drive-by kills one

Deputies search for Eduardo Maldonado

POSTED July 8, 2013 3:56 p.m.

A man opened fire at a Turlock farm Sunday, killing one man and narrowly missing others, including his wife.

The suspect in the fatal attack has been identified by the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department as 42-year-old Eduardo Maldonado. He remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous.

The deceased’s identity has not been released at this point.

The deadly shooting occurred around 3 p.m. Saturday at a watermelon farm on Simmons Road, near Washington Road.

Maldonado pulled up to the farm just as his wife and other workers were finishing their labor for the day, said sheriff spokesman Sgt. Anthony Bejaran.

The wife said she and a male co-worker were walking when her husband drove up quickly upon them and suddenly started shooting.

One shot struck the male co-worker and another barely missed the wife and others around her. The victim was transported by Medi-Flight to Memorial Hospital in Modesto, where he succumbed to his injuries around 8 a.m. today, Bejaran said.

Maldonado fled the area in a dark red or maroon 1999 four-door Mercury Mystique with the California license plate number 5FLX194.

Detectives believe Maldonado may be headed towards Mexico, where he is from originally.

Maldonado is wanted for murder, attempted murder and attempted corporal injury on a spouse.

 It is unknown at this time the reason Maldonado was shooting at his wife and her co-workers. The case is still under investigation. 

Anyone with information about this investigation can call Detective Cory Brown 567-4485. Callers can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at http://www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward.

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