Shooting victim refusing to identify attacker

mnorth@mercedsunstar.comFebruary 26, 2013 

A man who was shot over the weekend in the 600 block of West Seventh Street is refusing to help officers identify his attacker, Merced police said Tuesday.

When officers were dispatched to the area about 4:25 p.m. Sunday, they found the 39-year-old victim bleeding from his wounds, according to a news release from Lt. Bimley West of the Merced Police Department.

Officers determined that an unidentified gunman had shot the victim, hitting him in the right hand and abdomen, according to West.

The victim refused to give a description of his attacker or any details of what led to the shooting, West said. Emergency crews responded to treat the victim, who was taken to a local hospital.

Officers questioned people who were in the area at the time of the shooting, but they refused to give information or identify the gunman, according to West.

The case will be forwarded to the investigations unit of the Merced Police Department to try to identify the gunman and find a motive for the shooting.

Police are asking witnesses to call Sgt. Scott Skinner at (209) 385-4702 or the tip-line at (209) 385-4725. Callers can remain anonymous.

Reporter Mike North can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or mnorth@mercedsunstar.com.

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