Felon arrested in south Merced drive-by shooting
07/23/2014 7:12 PM
07/23/2014 8:12 PM
A 22-year-old felon was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a drive-by shooting on El Verano Way in south Merced, police said.
The incident was reported at 3:56 p.m. When police arrived they discovered a residence had been hit by several gunshots, according to Sgt. Bobby Chapman.
Witnesses described the suspect vehicle as a Dodge Intrepid and the driver as a man wearing a red shirt. Police said the car spun out after the shots rang out.
Police broadcast a description of the suspect vehicle and the driver. Shortly thereafter an officer spotted the car. The vehicle was stopped by police in the 200 block of South R Street. The driver, Vincent Gabriel Munoz III, was taken into custody.
Police say Munoz has gang ties and the crime appears to be gang related. Police found a revolver wrapped in a towel inside the vehicle.
Munoz will be booked at Merced County Jail on suspicion of firing at an inhabited dwelling, being a felon in possession of ammunition, being a felon in possession of a weapon, and being a documented gang member with a weapon, according to Chapman.
Editor's Choice Videos
Join the Discussion
Merced Sun-Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.