Carlsbad murder now deemed result of shooting

CARLSBAD (CNS) – A 63-year-old man killed in Carlsbad died of a shotgun wound to the chest, not a stab wound as previously reported by police, authorities said Tuesday.

Michael Michel Sahagun was shot on Friday just before 1:30 a.m., according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

Carlsbad police originally said Sahagun died of stab wounds after he was found lying in his detached garage in the 3500 block of Valley Street. A motive for the attack was unclear.

Police and county medical examiner's officials could not immediately explain the discrepancy.

Grant Hunter, 23, and Mercedes Yorba, 19, were arrested Saturday and booked on suspicion of murder, residential robbery and burglary. Gary Gomez, 27, was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to murder and possession of controlled substances.

Police with a Special Weapons and Tactics team made the arrests at the Motel 6 at 3708 Plaza Drive about 4 a.m. Saturday.

Police also sought three other people seen leaving the scene in a gray or silver-colored pickup truck that may have had landscaping tools in it, Carlsbad police Lt. Bruce May said.

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