One dead in Hilmar shooting

One man was shot to death early Friday in Hilmar, the Merced County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed.

Few details were available because the investigation was just getting underway Friday.

The victim, identified only as an adult male, was found just after 1 a.m. at a home in the 7800 block of Kates Court in Hilmar, Deputy Delray Shelton told the Merced Sun-Star.

Deputies responded to a call around the same time and learned that gunshots had been fired just prior to their arrival. Investigators did not comment on the nature of the original call to sheriff’s dispatchers.

The victim was found shortly after deputies arrived on scene.

No suspect descriptions were available. Shelton said the motive for the apparent homicide was not immediately known.

According to Sheriff’s Department records, the death marks the 18th homicide of 2014 in Merced County.