Merced man hit during drive-by, police say

rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.comJanuary 1, 2013 

— A Merced man was air-lifted to a Modesto hospital after getting shot in the leg Monday night, police reported Tuesday.

Neighbors reported that there was a gunshot victim in the 2500 block of Glen Avenue in Merced. He was later identified as 27-year-old Michael Virgil.

Officers arrived on the scene at about 11:15 p.m. to find the victim with a gunshot wound to the leg, Sgt. Bob Chapman said.

Neighbors told police that several rounds were fired during the incident.

Chapman said the victim was uncooperative with police during questioning. Officers searched the area and spoke to a witness. The witness told police that a dark-colored four-door sedan drove up, and someone shot at the victim from the passenger seat inside the car.

The victim was walking near the road during the shooting occurred, police said.

The car sped off, driving southbound toward Glen Avenue, the witness reported. It's unclear how many people were inside the car or the type of gun used in the shooting.

According to police, the victim's wound was not considered life-threatening.

Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this incident to call (209) 385-4702, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725.

The public can send anonymous text messages to the Police Department by dialing "TIP411" (847411) and including the word "ComVIP" as the keyword in the text message.

Reporter Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or

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