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Two injured in separate weekend shootings

Within minutes, two people were wounded by gunfire early Saturday morning in unrelated incidents on opposite sides of Merced. Neither injury is believed to be serious.

Lt. Roger McIntyre of the Merced Police Department said 24-year-old David Allen received a moderate gunshot wound to the wrist in the 1:37 a.m. Saturday shooting at the Barcelona Apartment complex at 3055 Park Ave. in North Merced. He was treated and released from the Community Campus of Mercy Medical Center Merced.

In the 1:46 a.m. drive-by shooting Saturday in the 600 block of John Street in South Merced, Chaiger Xiong, 63, was struck in the thigh by a bullet fired through the house. The bullet passed through the front door and through a cabinet in the kitchen area, hitting Xiong, who was sitting in the living room area. This shooting may be gang-related.

"Fortunately for the victim," McIntyre said, "the bullet had lost most of its momentum and only caused some bruising and moderate leg pain. Riggs Ambulance paramedics treated the victim at the scene. He refused any further medical treatment and was released."

In the Barcelona Apartments shooting, Allen walked into the hospital. Allen told Officer Brian Bowen he was walking through the apartment complex and noticed 14 or 15 people standing in one of the parking stalls having a small party. At this point he was shot, ran from the area and was driven to the hospital by a friend for treatment.

Officers Nicolas DeJong and Samuel Sannadan collected evidence from the apartment complex but were unable to locate the suspect, McIntyre said. Detectives are continuing to investigate and ask anyone with information to contact the department's Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725 or Sgt. Scott Skinner at 385-4702.

In the John Street shooting, family members were gathered at a house where a relative was sick. A witness standing in the front yard noticed a dark-colored vehicle pass by the residence at high speed. The car made a U-turn and drove back toward the house. The witness became nervous and ran into the residence just as several shots were fired at the home, McIntyre said.

Several bullets struck the home. Officers checked the surrounding area but couldn't locate any suspects.

"Based on information gathered at the crime scene, officers are investigating the possibility of this being a gang-related incident," McIntyre said. Those with information about this incident are asked to call the Tipster Line or Sergeant Skinner.

Associate Editor Doane Yawger can be reached at (209) 385-2485 or dyawger@mercedsun-star.com.

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