2 hurt in separate shootings

Both victims are expected to live

vpatton@mercedsunstar.comOctober 27, 2012 

Two people were hurt in separate shootings Thursday evening in Livingston and Delhi.

Police don't believe the two incidents are related, and no suspects are in custody.

In the first incident, a 32-year-old man was hospitalized after being shot several times near Prusso and I streets in Livingston, police reported.

Police responded to a shots-fired call at 6:31 p.m. and found the victim on the ground with several gunshot wounds, according to Sgt. Ray Fong.

The victim told police four Latino males had driven up in a light brown Ford Explorer as he walked down the sidewalk.

The assailants asked for directions to another street and then someone fired a weapon from inside the vehicle. The assailants then drove away northbound on Prusso Street.

The motive for the shooting is unknown, police said. The victim is expected to survive.

Livingston Police Chief Ruben Chavez said the incident was the second time in 10 years the victim had been shot.

The other shooting was reported at 8:30 p.m. in the 9000 block of Countryside Avenue in Delhi, according to Merced County Sheriff's Deputy Ed Katen.

Deputies responded to the scene and found an adult male with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was flown to a Modesto hospital with wounds that are not thought to be life-threatening, authorities said.

Deputies are searching for Juan Martin Zapata, 21, for questioning in connection with the Delhi shooting. Katen described him as 5-foot-7, with brown or black hair. Zapata is from the Turlock area.

Livingston police ask anyone with information to call (209) 394-7916 or the anonymous tip line at (209) 394-3640, or send an e-mail to tips@livingstonpd.org.

Merced County Sheriff's deputies are asking anyone with information about Za- pata's whereabouts to call the department's Major Crimes Division at (209) 385-7472.

City Editor Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or vpatton@mercedsunstar.com.

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