Two teens are in custody on suspicion of injuring a 15-year-old girl during a drive-by shooting Sunday night.
The shooting, which is believed to be gang-related, was reported shortly after 8 p.m. in the 2700 block of 6th Avenue. Merced police responded after receiving several 911 calls from residents who heard gunshots. Officers arrived and found the girl with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, according to Lt. Matt Williams.
She was flown to a Modesto hospital.
During the follow-up investigation, detectives and members of the department's Gang Violence Suppression Unit learned that a maroon Ford Expedition was involved in the shooting, Williams said.
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A 17-year-old male juvenile was identified as a suspect and arrested. In addition, the Gang Violence Suppression Unit and officers from the patrol division served a search warrant in the 400 block of West 25th Street and arrested a second suspect, 19-year-old Raul Shawn Orellano. The Ford Expedition allegedly used in the shooting and a handgun were recovered at the 25th Street address, Williams said.
The juvenile was booked into Juvenile Hall on suspicion of aggravated assault with a firearm. Orellano was booked into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of aggravated assault. The victim was treated and released from the hospital.
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