A 16-year-old suspected gang member was gunned down late Monday on the Planada street where another man who police say was from the same gang was shot and killed nearly three weeks ago, authorities said Tuesday.
Asbiel Copado was shot multiple times in the upper body around 8:21p.m. and pronounced dead a short time later at an area hospital, Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin said Tuesday at a news conference.
“This is just an absolute down-and-dirty murder,” Pazin said.
Copado was shot on the street in the 9300 block of Bigler Drive – near the spot where 24-year-old Eric Perez Guzman was shot to death Nov. 21. Copado and Guzman were members of the same Planada criminal street gang, Pazin said.
The Sheriff’s Department identified the victim of a fatal shooting in Planada as 24-year-old Eric Perez Guzman, a suspected gang member.
Guzman was shot in the head about 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the 9300 block of Bigler Drive in Planada and died the next day at a Modesto hospital.
Merced County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for a man suspected of shooting a fellow gang member to death in November.
A warrant has been issued for Adrian Quezada of Planada, Deputy Delray Shelton confirmed this week.
Quezada, 19, is the prime suspect in the Nov. 25 shooting death of 24-year-old Eric Perez Guzman in the 9300 block of Bigler Driver, the Sheriff’s Department said.
Guzman died at a regional hospital a day after he was shot. About two weeks later, one of Guzman’s relatives, 16-year-old Asbiel Copado, was also shot and killed in nearly the same spot as Guzman in the 9300 block of Bigler Drive. Authorities said Copado was a member of the same gang.
Shelton said Copado’s death remains under investigation and detectives haven’t ruled out possible connections between the two cases.
Eric Perez Guzman, 24, was shot in that same block Nov. 25, 2013, and died a few days later at a regional hospital. A warrant has been issued for Adrian Quezada, 19, of Planada, charging him with Guzman’s murder. He has not been arrested, authorities confirmed Friday.
Two weeks later, on Dec. 9, 2013, one of Guzman’s relatives, 16-year-old Asbiel Copado, was shot and killed in nearly the same spot as Guzman. Authorities said Copado and Guzman were members of the same gang. No arrests have been made in that case.