Winton brothers wounded in Highway 99 shooting

FRESNO -- Investigators are looking at possible gang ties in a shooting Wednesday night on Highway 99 in Fresno that wounded two Merced County men, Fresno police reported this morning.

Lt. Shannon Galvan said the victims were not being too cooperative, but that the shooting does not appear to have been a random crime.

Three brothers from Winton, ages 21, 19 and 17, were in a gray Nissan Infiniti when another vehicle drove up and someone opened fire on them, Galvan said.

The 21-year-old driver was hit three times and the 19-year-old, who was sitting next to him, was hit once, Galvan said. The 17-year-old, who was riding in the back seat, was not wounded.

Galvan said the Infiniti, which was struck 12 times, came to a stop on the center divider.

Galvan said the brothers were returning to Winton from Fresno and were traveling north on 99 just south of Ashlan Avenue when the shooting happened about 9 p.m.

The other vehicle was described as a white Toyota 4-Runner, which was last seen as it got off the freeway at Ashlan.

The freeway was shut down for about an hour while officers searched the scene for evidence. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact detective George Von Euw at (559) 621-2428.

The two shooting victims were taken to Community Regional Medical Center for treatment. Their conditions were not available this morning, but their wounds Wednesday night were described as not life-threatening.

Check MercedSunStar.com for updates throughout the day and read the Sun-Star tomorrow for further details.