Mark Strauss Jr, 30, killed at Merced County Gas Station

Death: One person has been arrested after a man was slain at a gas station in Merced County – In a gunfight outside a convenience store on Sunday night, Merced County sheriff’s deputies apprehended a guy for murder. This isn’t the first time the suspect has been arrested for murder. The area where Mark Strauss, Jr. was slain now has a tiny memorial.

According to, Shells littered the region on Sunday night, as residents took cover wherever they could from the shooting. On Sunday evening, Darrell Davis was just finishing up some car maintenance. “I parked the car over here and all of a sudden I hear a lot of gunshots,” Davis added. “There was a lot of firing. This is the most I’ve ever heard in my life.”

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Davis’ instincts kicked in and he was protected. “I’m over here by the car, and the bullets are flying,” Davis said. “They were flying over the top of my head, so I simply started getting down below the car.” Deputies from the sheriff’s office discovered dozens of shot casings outside the Shop N Go where Mark Strauss, Jr. was killed.

The 30-year-old father, who goes by the stage name Buddha, recently started a music career and was at the store to make a video. Bullets flew everywhere, according to deputies, hitting cars, a house, and pieces of the convenience store.

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