UPDATE: Victim of deadly shooting at Delano cemetery identified

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UPDATE (02/08): The Kern County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as 30-year-old Joel Santos Maldonado. According to Delano police, Maldonado was visiting the cemetery when an altercation occurred and he was shot. No suspects have been identified. Anyone with information is urged to contact Delano police at 661-721-3369. Tips can be given anonymously.

DELANO, Calif. (KGET) — Police in Delano are investigating a deadly shooting at a cemetery Friday — the city’s first homicide of the year.

Officers were called to the North Kern Cemetery District at Albany Street and Garces Highway at around 5:40 p.m. The department said the victim was inside the cemetery at the time of shooting. Police Chief Robert Nevarez said the shooter fired a handgun in the victim’s direction and struck the victim who died at the scene.

The suspect fled the scene. No description for a possible suspect was available.

The victim was a male, but his age not immediately known.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Delano police at 661-721-3369. You can remain anonymous, the department said.

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