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Teen killed in Winton shooting

POSTED July 17, 2009 11:00 p.m.
A 16-year-old boy walking with his friend along a Winton street was shot and mortally wounded Wednesday night, according to the Merced County Sheriff’s Department.
Luis Angel Maldonado, an Atwater High School student, was shot once in the right side of his abdomen, said sheriff spokesman Deputy Tom MacKenzie. He was transported to Merced Community Medical Center where he later died from his injury.
Maldonado was shot around 11 p.m. Wednesday in the area of California Street and Hastings Drive. He was walking with a 13-year-old boy, who was not injured during the attack, MacKenzie said.
The reason for the attack is unknown, as is the type of gun used. Just prior to the shooting, Maldonado was in an argument with an unknown individual, MacKenzie said.
Maldonado and his friend were approached by an unknown number of suspects, one of whom pulled out a gun and fired the fatal shot.
The sheriff’s department had no suspect information to release.
Detectives are still investigating the incident and are uncertain if it was gang-related.
Wednesday’s shooting marked Merced County’s 10th homicide for the year.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Merced County Sheriff’s Department at 385-7472.

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