Planada teen released from hospital after shooting

A 19-year-old man was injured Friday evening after his car was shot in Planada.

Merced County Sheriff's investigators say the victim was driving a silver four-door Chevy Impala with two female passengers, a 14-year-old and a 20-year-old, when the shooting happened. The females were not injured, according to Deputy Tom MacKenzie, sheriff's spokesman.

No one has been arrested for the shooting.

MacKenzie said the victim had been returning to a gathering in the 9000 block of Amistad Street in Planada, when three shots rang out. At least two bullets hit the car, and the victim was injured in the face and neck.

The shooting happened within six blocks of the residence on the 9000 block of Amistad Street. The driver, who is from Arizona and is unfamiliar with the Planada area, could not pinpoint the exact location of where the shooting happened, MacKenzie said.

After the shooting, the 20-year-old passenger drove the victim to Mercy Medical Center Merced. The victim’s wounds were minor, and he was released shortly thereafter, MacKenzie said. Even though the victim's wounds were not life threatening, MacKenzie said two small fragments of metal came very close to hitting his carotid artery.

The bullets flattened one of the car's tires, and left a hole in the front passenger side window.

Investigators haven't released any suspect descriptions, and MacKenzie said it's unknown whether the crime is gang related.

Detectives are asking anyone with information in the case to call (209) 385-7445. Callers can remain anonymous.

Reporter Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or vpatton@mercedsun-star.com.