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Wednesday, Dec 28 2011 09:09 PM

Man shot in Oildale disturbance dies

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    By Michael Fagans / The Californian

    Senior Deputy Ryan Dunbier briefs the news media at the scene of shooting in the 1200 block of Mckinley Avenue in Oildale on Wednesday night.

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A man died late Wednesday afternoon after he was shot in the garage of an Oildale home.

A Kern County Sheriff's Department news release said the 22-year-old man, who has not been identified, suffered a single gunshot wound to his upper body. He was taken to Kern Medical Center in critical condition and pronounced dead at 5:18 p.m. by hospital staff, according to the news release.

At 4:20 p.m., deputies went to a home in the 1200 block of McKinley Avenue to investigate a report of an assault with a deadly weapon.

Just before deputies arrived, an occupant of the home shot the victim once, sheriff's officials said.

There had been a conflict between a man and the victim at the front door of the house, Senior Deputy Ryan Dunbier said, though deputies couldn't say whether the two men knew each other.

Detectives from the Sheriff's Robbery Homicide Division went to investigate, according to the news release.

James Cloyd, who identified himself as the victim's brother-in-law, said tensions between the shooting victim and other tenants of the house had been running high.

Cloyd said the victim lived in the garage of the house, while the other tenants rented the house from Cloyd's mother-in-law..

He said the situation had escalated since the tenants were served an eviction notice and refused to move out.

The news release, sent at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, said no arrests had been made.