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Pretty Lady founder gunned down near Delano

Jakov Dulcich, the founder of the well-known table grape shipper Dulcich & Sons Inc., was shot and killed April 11 in the southern section of Delano, CA, according to an April 12 report by BakersfieldNow.img16

The Kern County Sheriff's Office said Dulcich, 84, was killed in a car-to-car shooting, and he crashed with another vehicle after he was shot at Browning Road and Woollomes Avenue.

The Sheriff's Office said the shooter then got into a physical confrontation with the driver of the vehicle that was hit by Dulcich's SUV, firing at least one round at that point. No one was injured from that shot. The shooter, described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, was driving a compact car and is still at large.

Dulcich & Sons, which is best known for its Pretty Lady grapes, issued a statement requesting privacy.

"Pretty Lady Vineyards and Dulcich & Sons Inc. confirm, with heavy hearts, the passing of our founder, Jakov Dulcich. The Dulcich family asks for privacy during this difficult time. We have no further comment at this time."