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Homicide in Atwater

POSTED December 11, 2009 11:24 p.m.
The Atwater Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred outside a Foster’s Freeze Tuesday night.
The victim in the shooting was identified as David Valentine Ortiz, 33, of Atwater, according to the Merced County Coroner’s Office.
The shooting was reported around 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 1400 block of Winton Way in Atwater.
According to the police department, Ortiz was waiting for a food order outside the eatery when a lone individual walked up to him and fired multiple shots. The police department said the killer continued shooting even after Ortiz fell to the ground.
It’s believed the shooter left the area in a sub-compact car that was last seen on Mitchell Road. There was no other suspect information available.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 357-6395 or the tip line at 357-6390. Callers can remain anonymous.

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