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Security Guard Fatally Shot In Santa Ana Parking Lot

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SANTA ANA (CBS) — A security guard was shot to death in a Santa Ana apartment parking lot, police said Friday.

Residents reported hearing shots fired in the 1400 block of South Townsend Street, near West Edinger Avenue, shortly before midnight, Santa Ana police Commander Tammy Franks said.

Officers responded and found the victim dead at the scene, Franks said. The victim’s father identified the man as Jaime Alberto Medrano.

Medrano,23, allegedly worked as a security guard at the complex and suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head.

Medrano’s father told CBS2’s Kara Finnstrom that his son feared for his life because of local gangs. He also said that his son has asked the apartment complex’s management to add another security guard to his overnight patrol.

Medrano had two small children, a girl, 7, and a boy, 2.

No suspect description was immediately available.

Police urged anyone with information about the shooting to call (714) 245-8715.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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