Merced man dies in early morning shooting

05/13/2013 10:53 AM

05/13/2013 10:54 AM

A 33-year-old Merced man died after being shot at Fahrens Park early Monday morning, Merced police reported.

The shooting happened shortly before 1 a.m. Monday in the 3300 block of R Street. The victim, identified as a Latino male, was shot in the upper torso, according to police.

He was flown to a regional hospital for treatment for his injuries. The victim described the shooter as a black male adult wearing a black sweatshirt.

Officers haven’t found the gun used in the shooting. The motive for the shooting is unknown, police said.

The victim’s name is being withheld until the Merced County Coroner’s office can notify his family.

Monday’s incident is the second reported homicide for the city of Merced, according to Lt. Tom Trindad.

Police ask anyone with information to call Detective Chris Russell at (209) 385-4707, (209) 385-4702, or the department’s automated tip line 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.

-- Ramona Giwargis

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