A 16-year-old boy was arrested Friday and booked into Merced County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of negligence in the discharging of a firearm with gang enhancements and resisting arrest.
Initially, Merced County sheriff's deputies received reports of a shooting in Delhi about 1:30 p.m. When deputies arrived at Merced and August avenues, several men scattered, running toward Delhi High School and prompting the campuswide lockdown, said Deputy Tom MacKenzie, sheriff's spokesman.
A total of three schools in the area were on lockdown.
When the men started running, deputies recognized the 16-year-old boy from previous contact. Deputies eventually were able to apprehend him in the back of a field.
While the 16-year-old boy was being questioned, deputies were searching for another suspect and the weapon, MacKenzie said. The search was concentrated on an area just south of the school, including an orchard, drainage basin and a vacant home.
Searchers were using dogs in the search for the weapon, MacKenzie said. About 4:30 p.m. the search for the second suspect and the weapon were called off, and the 16-year-old boy was taken into custody.
MacKenzie said deputies found empty shells of a high-caliber handgun. He said there was reason to believe that the 16-year-old was the one responsible for the shooting.
The lockdown for the kindergarten students was lifted at 2:30 p.m. and it was lifted for the other students at 3:30 p.m.
There were no injuries, MacKenzie said.