Family did not realize Delano man was shot at New Year’s party until he collapsed, documents show


Court documents reveal new details in the case of a deadly New Year’s Day shooting in Delano.

Aurelio Perfecto was arrested Jan. 2 and pleaded not guilty to one felony count of carrying an unregistered loaded firearm.

His family member, Santos Perfecto was shot and killed during a New Year’s party on Fremont Street just after midnight.

Court documents reveal people at the party simply thought Santos Perfecto was drunk until he fell out of a lawn chair and they realized he had been shot.

Police say they recovered a black .38 revolver at the scene.

Initially, Aurelio Perfecto was also charged with murder but that count is under review.

At the time of the incident, Delano police released a statement saying “celebratory gunfire can not be ruled out as a possibility.”

Aurelio Perfecto is due back in court next week.

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