Afternoon Newsletter

April 1, 2013

17-year-old boy injured in Los Banos shooting

Police are looking for three people believed to be involved in a gang-related shooting Friday.

The Los Banos Police Department responded to the 1100 Block of Pacheco Boulevard at 8:07 p.m. after receiving a report of a shooting.

Officers arrived on the scene and found a 17-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.

Witnesses reported seeing two Hispanic males and one Hispanic female leaving the area in a gold sedan, police said. Officers reportedly found the vehicle abandoned a few blocks away from where the victim was shot.

No further description of the suspects was provided by police.

The victim was transported by ambulance to a Modesto area hospital where he remains in stable condition. Law enforcement said the incident occurred because of a disagreement.

"We believe this incident was gang related and began after a verbal argument between the suspects and the victim," Cmdr. Ray Reyna Jr. said. "There were several citizens in the area but thankfully none of them were injured."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Justin Melden at (209) 827-7070 ext. 114. To leave an anonymous crime tip call 209-827-7070 Ext. 288. If you have access to a computer and the internet you can also leave an anonymous tip at the Police Department’s webpage at

At the bottom of the "Contact" page simply click on the "report graffiti and other crime" link or visit the Merced Area Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-855-725-2420, or at

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