Last night the City of Atwater experienced their second homicide in the month of July.

On July 27, 2018, an Atwater Police Officer was in the area of 5th/Drakeley when he heard gunshots ring out. Almost immediately, APD communications center began receiving calls of a shooting in the 1800 block of Drakeley Avenue.

Atwater officers located a male juvenile, gunshot victim, whose name will be released by the Merced County Sheriff/Coroner, was transported via Medi-flight helicopter.

Tragically, the teen victim later died in the trauma center.

The Atwater Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding this young man’s murderer.

Anyone with information about this crime can call the Atwater Police Department at (209) 357-6396 or contact the Merced Area Crimestoppers at (855) 725-2420, or go to to send anonymous information via text or email.

Condolences to the family of this young man. With your help, we can bring his killer to justice.

Source: Atwater PD