Man sitting outside in Merced shot several times

rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.comMay 18, 2013 

— A Merced man was shot multiple times Tuesday evening while sitting on a bench near the Willowbrook Apartments, police reported.

About 9:30 p.m., police received several calls from neighboring homes in the 1600 block of Willowbrook Drive. Officers arrived to find a man in his 20s with several gunshot wounds, according to Lt. Tom Trindad.

The victim told officers he was sitting on a bench when an unidentified person started shooting.

There is no description of the shooter, Trindad said. The motive for the shooting is unknown.

The victim was taken to a Modesto-area hospital, where he is expected to survive.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call Detective Joe Deliman at (209) 385-6992. Tips can be sent via anonymous text messages 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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