California Table Grape Grower Shot to Death

California Table Grape Grower Shot to Death

The founder of Dulcich & Sons, the Delano farming company best known for “pretty lady” grapes, was shot and killed Wednesday morning.

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According to a report on Bakersfield.com, Jakov Prosper Dulcich, 84, was found with multiple gunshot wounds around 8:30 a.m. on the outskirts of Delano in the area of Woollomes Avenue and South Browning Road, according to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators determined Dulcich’s SUV and the suspect vehicle had been traveling on South Browning Road when an occupant of the suspect vehicle fired into Dulcich’s SUV. The SUV continued south on South Browning and hit another vehicle that had pulled to the shoulder.

The suspect vehicle drove to the scene of the crash and became involved in a physical altercation with the driver of the third vehicle, according to sheriff’s officials. The suspect fired at least one round but did not hit the driver, who fled into a nearby vineyard.

The shooter has been described only as a Hispanic man in his early 20s.

Sheriff’s Sgt. David Hubbard said it’s believed there were at least two people in the suspect vehicle, which was described as a small sedan. He said investigators are following up on leads and trying to determine a motive.