27-year-old man sitting in car shot in south Merced

05/21/2013 8:17 PM

05/21/2013 10:54 PM

A 27-year-old man was sent to the hospital early Tuesday after being shot in the leg, Merced police reported.

The shooter remains at large.

Police were dispatched to a shots fired call after midnight in the 1200 block of Fig Avenue, not far from West Childs Avenue and T Street, according to Lt. Bimley West.

Officers found the injured victim seated in the driver's seat of a car, and the lower portion of the driver's side door had several bullet holes in it.

The wounds did not appear to be life-threatening, and the victim was flown to a Modesto hospital.

Witnesses said the shooter, described as a Latino male dressed in dark clothing, walked over to the car — the victim was seated inside — and started firing, police said.

Officers searched the area, but did not find the shooter. Police do not have a motive.

Merced police are asking anyone with information to call Sgt. Scott Skinner at (209) 385-4702 or the department's automated tipline at (209) 385-4725. Tips can be sent via anonymous text message by dialing "TIP411" (847411) and including the word "Comvip" as the keyword in the message.

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