Two separate shootings reported in Merced over the weekend resulted in injuries, according to police.
In the most recent shooting, Merced police responded around 11:20 p.m. Sunday to the Siesta Motel in the 1300 block of West 16th Street and found two people with gunshot wounds to their upper bodies, Lt. Tom Trindad said in a statement.
A 30-year-old woman, whom police identified as a prostitute, was shot along with an 18-year-old man. Both were taken to out-of-county hospitals for treatment, police said. They are expected to recover, Trindad said.
During their investigation, police arrested three suspected gang members: Juan Mendoza, 21; Tomas Mendoza, 22; and Luis Mendoza, 37. It was not known if they were related. The trio were booked into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, city police reported.
Because of possible street-gang connections to the case, police declined to release the victims names for safety reasons. Police said one of the attackers arranged for sexual favors from the woman for $50, but the woman could not break a $100 bill and refused to return the money.
The man then called to one of the other men waiting outside in a vehicle. The second man entered the motel room and fired multiple shots with a handgun, striking both victims.
Police declined to say how many shots were fired. The weapon used had not been recovered as of Monday evening. After the shooting, the perpetrators left the area in a vehicle.
A Merced County sheriffs deputy stopped a vehicle matching the description of the suspect car a short time later and all three occupants were eventually arrested. Trindad said investigators are still trying to determine who pulled the trigger. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Robert Solis at (209) 385-4703.
In the other incident, a man was shot late Friday in an unrelated and possibly random attack, police said.
Police said the victim, a 21-year-old man, was shot in the upper torso while walking in the 1300 block of Black Rascal Creek Bike Path.
He told police the attacker, described as a man on bicycle, came up to him and shot him for no apparent reason, officers said.
The victim was taken to a Modesto-area hospital, where he was listed in stable condition Monday, police said. Police are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Chris Russell at (209) 385-4707.
Residents can also provide information on both cases through the departments anonymous tip line at (209) 385-4725. Tips are kept confidential and tipsters can remain anonymous.