Gunfire wounded one man Monday night in a neighborhood where children were on the streets in costumes celebrating Halloween, police said.
The shooting was reported around 8:30 p.m. outside a home in the 7000 block of Crawford Street in Winton. The victim, whose name was not released, was flown to a Modesto hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office said.
Detectives said the man exited the home and was shot more than once by an unknown assailant.
“At the time this shooting was reported, this street was full of young trick-or-treaters and people out for Halloween,” Detective Sgt. Chuck Hale said. “Somebody in this neighborhood saw something, and it also puts into perspective the dangers in this type of incident.”
No arrests had made, and no suspect descriptions were immediately available.
“We haven’t established a motive at this time and we haven’t ruled anything out, including the possibility of gang involvement,” Hale said. “We are exploring all possibilities, including that one.”