A 24-year-old man was injured Saturday morning after being shot in the leg on Meadows Avenue, Merced police reported.
A 17-year-old boy was taken into custody a few hours after the shooting.
Police responded to the scene around 1:45 a.m. in the 3100 block of Meadows Avenue and found the victim bleeding from his left leg, according to Lt. Bimley West. The victim said he was standing on the west sidewalk, when someone standing behind a large bush on the opposite side of the road shot him.
After the shooting, the suspect fled on foot. The victim's wound is not life-threatening, West said. The suspect was arrested about three hours later in the 3200 block of Meadows Avenue.
Police say the suspect is a validated gang member. Detective Joe Deliman, the investigator on the case, said the motive hasn't been determined. Deliman said police were able to track down the suspect partially because they've had previous visits to his residence.
Less than two weeks ago, a shooting was reported in the same area of Meadows Avenue. Joshua Polk, 22, was killed the evening of July 19 while sitting with friends in front of an apartment unit in the 3200 block of Meadows Avenue.
Deliman said police are investigating whether Polk's death and Saturday's shooting are related.
Police are asking anyone with information about Saturday's shooting to call Detective Joe Deliman at (209) 385-6992 or the department's automated tip line at (209) 385-4725. Calls are kept confidential and you can remain anonymous.
Reporter Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.