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New Details Released About South Coast Murder; Attack Was Car To Car


Authorities are releasing additional details about the murder of a man driving in a car in Ventura County. The shooting happened January 11th, in El Rio. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say Pete Mendez was in a car when someone in another vehicle fired a volley of shots. The 21 year old Oxnard man was hit.  He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives say they think the murder was gang related, but haven’t established a motive for the killing, or whether the victim was actually being targeted. They’re looking for potential witnesses, or people who may have heard those involved talking about the shooting.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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