DELHI -- Merced County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a shooting where an 18-year man may have been the victim of mistaken identity.
Deputies were dispatched to a home in the 9100 block of Hillside Drive around 9 p.m. Sunday after a report of a drive-by shooting. Deputies found the victim had been shot above the knee on his left leg, according to Tom MacKenzie, sheriff’s spokesperson.
MacKenzie said the victim’s injury was not life-threatening and he was treated and released from a hospital shortly afterwards.
Investigators said the victim was standing outside with friends when someone drove by, shouted some words in English and fired 10-to-12 rounds, MacKenzie said. MacKenzie said the victim and his friends, who only speak Spanish, are not believed to gang affiliated.
MacKenzie said investigators have been unable to determine a motive, although the victim could have been mistaken by the shooters as someone else.
The shooter wa described as a heavyset Latino male in his 20s. The car was described as white or gray Mercedes or Lexus.
Investigators are asking anyone with information about this crime to call the Merced County Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Unit at (209) 385-7551.