October 26, 2012

UPDATE: Two hurt in separate shootings Thursday evening

Two people were hurt in separate shootings Thursday evening in Livingston and Delhi.

It's unknown whether the two incidents are related, and no suspects are in custody.

In the first incident, a 32-year-old man was hospitalized after being shot several times near Prusso and I streets in Livingston, police reported.

Police responded to a shots fired called at 6:31 p.m. and found the victim on the ground with several gunshot wounds to his abdomen area, according to Sgt. Ray Fong.

The victim, who was flown to a Modesto hospital, told police four Latino males had driven up in a light brown Ford Explorer as he walked down the sidewalk.

The assailants asked for directions to another street and then someone fired a small caliber firearm from inside the vehicle. The assailants then drove away northbound on Prusso Street. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this time, police said. The victim is expected to survive.

Livingston Police Chief Ruben Chavez said the incident was the second time in 10 years the victim had been shot.

The other shooting was reported at 8:30 p.m. in the 9000 block of Countryside Avenue in Delhi, according to Merced County Sheriff's Deputy Ed Katen. Deputies responded to the scene and found an adult male with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was flown to a Modesto hospital with wounds that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Deputies are searching for suspect Juan Martin Zapata, 21, in the Delhi shooting. Katen said he's described as 5-feet-7-inches tall, with brown or black hair. Zapata is from the Turlock area.

Livingston police are asking anyone with information to call (209) 394-7916 or the anonymous tip line at (209) 394-3640. E-mail tips can be sent to tips@livingstonpd.org.

Merced County Sheriff's deputies are asking anyone with information about Zapata's whereabouts to call the department's Major Crimes Division at (209) 385-7472.

-- Sun-Star staff

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