Update: Shooting homicide victim was 60-year-old man, police say. Store employees found body

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A man in his 60s was found shot to death in his car outside a grocery store in west Fresno on Wednesday morning.

The body of the man was discovered around 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the FreshCo Food Center near Shields and Brawley avenues, Lt. Paul Cervantes said in a police update at the scene around 9 a.m.

The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification to his family.

The body was discovered by an employee of the grocery store, who originally thought the man was sleeping, but saw broken glass and that the car was riddled with bullets, Cervantes said.

Video surveillance shows the man had been in the store on Tuesday night and employees noticed the car when they left for the night and again when they arrived Wednesday.

More than two shell casings where found in and around the man’s car, but police don’t know when the shooting occurred. There was no ShotSpotter activation, Cervantes said.

It was the 21st homicide in Fresno in 2022, police said. The city had 31 homicides at this time last year.

It was the second homicide in Fresno in less than 12 hours, after a 26-year-old man was shot to death at a home on Cromwell Avenue near Alluvial and Milburn avenues on Tuesday night.

Police investigating a shooting death in west Fresno May 18, 2022.
Police investigating a shooting death in west Fresno May 18, 2022.
Fresno police are investigating a homicide outside a grocery store on Wednesday morning, May 18, 2022.
Fresno police are investigating a homicide outside a grocery store on Wednesday morning, May 18, 2022.
A body was found in the parking lot in west Fresno May 18, 2022.
A body was found in the parking lot in west Fresno May 18, 2022.
Fresno police investigate the scene of a fatal shooting in a parking lot on Shields and Brawley avenues on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.
Fresno police investigate the scene of a fatal shooting in a parking lot on Shields and Brawley avenues on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.
Fresno Police Department tape blocks off the scene of a crime on May 18, 2022.
Fresno Police Department tape blocks off the scene of a crime on May 18, 2022.