Police are investigating what they believe is a gang-related shooting.
According to Cmdr. Ray Reyna Jr., a male, 20, was shot twice near Fourth and L streets at about 4:26 p.m.
Police said the victim reported driving in the area when someone in a light-colored minivan shot at his car. The victim told police he saw three young Hispanic males in the minivan. The vehicle was last seen traveling north of Fourth Street along L Street.
The victim drove himself to Memorial Hospital, Los Banos where he was treated for gunshot wounds to his shoulder and chin, police said.
Police said the victim's vehicle had bullet holes in it when it was examined in the hospital parking lot. Officers also located bullet casing near the intersection where the incident occurred. Police learned the victim and suspects were involved in an earlier confrontation in which gang-related comments were exchanged.
The victim has been released from the hospital.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Justin Melden at (209) 827-7070 ext. 114.
To leave an anonymous crime tip call 209-827-7070 Ext. 288. If you have access to a computer and the Internet you can also leave an anonymous tip at the Police Department's webpage at www.losbanos.org. At the bottom of the "Contact" page simply click on the "report graffiti and other crime" link or visit the Merced Area Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-855-725-2420, or at www.mercedareacrimestoppers.org
Enterprise reporter Corey Pride can be reached at (209) 388-6563 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.