MERCED -- Merced police responded to three shootings within a span of less than three hours Wednesday.
No one was hurt during the incidents, and police are investigating whether the events are connected. No suspects have been taken into custody.
The first shooting was reported at 4:26 p.m. near G Street and Alexander Avenue. A grey Honda carrying three or four Latino males was reported to be traveling in the area. They spotted two men, one of whom was pushing a baby stroller, according to Sgt. Jay Struble.
Words were exchanged and someone inside the car fired at the two men.
During the next incident, police were dispatched to the 2000 block of Calimyrna Avenue at 6:38 p.m. for a report of a shooting. Witnesses said three to four people in a late '80s model Buick, possibly tan, drove by, and someone inside fired at a residence.
Two people were inside the home at the time, but no one was hurt. The house was struck between six and eight times, Struble said.
Less than an hour later, at 7:12 p.m., police responded to a shooting in the 2800 block of Tenaya Drive. Police said the house was struck at least twice, but no shooter was seen.
Struble said a stray round from that shooting struck a home on nearby McCombs Drive.
Anyone with information about the shooting incidents is asked to call Sgt. Scott Skinner at (209) 385-4702 or the department's automated tip line at (209) 385-4725.
Residents can text a tip to TIP411 (847411) using "comvip" as the first word in the text message. Tips are kept confidential, and people providing them can remain anonymous.
-- Sun-Star staff