A person who committed a broad-daylight shooting in South Merced this week remains at large, Merced police said Thursday.
The shooting was reported around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, after a group of men walked over to an apartment complex in the 1200 block of Canal Street, according to Lt. Tom Trindad. A fight erupted between two groups of men, and shots were fired.
After being shot, the victim, a 21-year-old man, walked to the 500 block of 11th Street, where he collapsed. He was later taken to a local hospital. Police spokesman Lt. Andre Matthews said police aren't releasing how many times the victim was shot, although he's expected to recover from his injuries.
Few details are known about the shooter, and so far police have only said he's a Latino male, based on witness accounts. About seven people were detained and questioned, but none were booked on charges, Trindad said.
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Immediately after the shooting, a brief standoff happened outside a residence in the 400 block of 11th Street, where police believed the shooter had fled. Some residents didn't comply with orders from officers over a loudspeaker to come out of the home. Eventually, police detained all the occupants, and two small children were taken from the scene.
The department's SWAT team was called to the residence. After the SWAT team served a search warrant, no one else was found inside, Trindad said.
Police evacuated several homes on 11th Street as a safety precaution, Matthews said. "We were not aware of where the shooter was and wanted to ensure the safety of the neighbors in the area," he added.
Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call Detective Chris Russell at (209) 385-4707 or the department's automated tip line at (209) 385-4725. Calls are kept confidential, and you can remain anonymous.
Reporter Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.