Merced homicide victim identified

A man shot and killed over the weekend on West 11th Street was identified by authorities Monday as a 25-year-old Merced resident.

Victor Manuel Cati died at a regional hospital a short time after Merced police officers found him with multiple gunshot wounds, the Merced County Coroner’s Office told the Merced Sun-Star on Monday.

No arrests have been made. Capt. Tom Trindad said police had no new information to release.

Officers responded just before 2:30 a.m. Saturday to a report of shots fired and found Cati in the 100 block of West 11th Street, near I Street, police said. Paramedics rushed the victim to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead about one hour later, police said.

Investigators believe the case may be gang-related.

The homicide is the 10th reported this year in Merced and the 21st in Merced County. In 2013, Merced County reported a record number of homicides, 29, with just four occurring in the city of Merced.