No suspects in death
Suspects have yet to be identified and a motive still is unclear in the shooting death of 31-year-old Bee Chang, who was killed while attending a traditional Hmong funeral service Friday night in Merced, police said.
Chang of Merced was shot once in the neck, witnesses said. His cousin, 28-year-old Tong Thao of Sacramento, survived a gunshot wound to the neck.
Authorities believe two people fired at the funeral gathering -- which drew 150 to 200 people to a home in southwest Merced -- from a playground at Tenaya Middle School.
"It looks like they shot into a crowd and killed an innocent person," Sgt. Norm Andrade said. "But I don't have leads at this point."
Chang and Thao were standing under a makeshift tent on the front yard of the home when they were shot, relatives said.
The funeral was for 48-year-old Phoua Chang, who died March 23 of natural causes. Mourners arrived in Merced for the three-day service from across the state and throughout the country.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers, (559) 498-STOP.