A man was found dead on West Main Street early Wednesday morning, following an extended car-chase shooting which began on Highway 99 and ended in Downtown Turlock.
The man's body was found with gunshot wounds in a white Infiniti sedan, which jumped the curb in front of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at the intersection of East Main Street and Minaret Avenue.
The incident began at 1:25 a.m. when the California Highway Patrol informed Turlock police officers that a man said he was being shot at by an unknown person in a vehicle, while traveling southbound on Highway 99 near Taylor Avenue.
Shortly thereafter, Turlock police received 9-1-1 calls reporting gunfire in the area of East Main Street and Lyons Avenue. According to eyewitnesses posting to CentralValleyTV's Facebook, which first reported the shooting, either six or seven shots were fired shortly after 1:30 a.m.
Upon arriving at the scene, police found the deceased man. He was 21 years old, and of East Indian descent. His name has not yet been released.
The shooting remains under investigation. That investigation has closed several streets near the intersection of Canal Drive and Main Street to traffic.
Turlock Police believe a person in a dark-colored sedan may have been responsible for the shooting. Anyone with any information is asked to call Det. Timothy Redd at (209) 668-5550 ext. 6625.
Turlock Police Investigating Shooting on Pioneer Avenue, Near Main Street + Canal Drive Intersection
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