A 24-year-old man was hospitalized early Friday after a shooting reported in the 2400 block of Baker Drive, Merced police reported.
Officers were dispatched to the scene around 1:30 a.m. and found the victim with a gunshot wound to his lower torso, said Lt. Bimley West.
Police questioned the victim, but he wouldn't provide information, West said. The victim only said he was walking home and heard three gunshots. After the third gunshot, he realized he'd been shot.
The victim went to a house and called the police. He was flown to a Modesto hospital.
Officers searched the area for bullet casings, but didn't find any.
West said the victim does have gang affiliations, although the motive hasn't been determined.
Police are asking anyone with information to call Sgt. Scott Skinner at (209) 385-4702 or the department's automated tip line at (209) 385-4725. Calls are kept confidential and you can remain anonymous.