Bicyclist shot in Merced

Sun-Star StaffMay 23, 2014 

A man on a bicycle who was shot by the occupant of a passing vehicle has been treated for his injuries and released, Merced police reported Friday.

Police received a report of gunfire in the 1200 block of Canal Street about 11 p.m. Thursday. They found a 29-year-old man lying on a bench with a gunshot wound in his upper torso, police said.

The man reported being on his bicycle when a car with multiple occupants pulled up next to him, police said. A passenger inside the car pointed a gun and fired at the bicyclist before the vehicle sped away.

Police said the man on the bike was unable to give a description of the car, its passengers or the direction the car took.

The man was flown to a Modesto-area hospital for treatment and has since been discharged, police said. It is unclear if the shooting was gang related.

Police continue to look for the shooter and the other occupants of the car.

The Merced Police Department is asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Sgt. Skinner at (209) 385-6913 or (209) 385-4702, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to the Police Department by dialing TIP411 (847411) and including “Comvip” as the keyword in the text message.

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