Man injured in Los Banos gang-related shooting

The 15th gang-related shooting in Los Banos sent one man to the hospital Friday, police said.

Officers responded to the 400 block of Mercey Springs Road around 10:26 p.m. to find a 22-year-old man with gunshot wounds to his upper torso.

Police said an approximately 5-foot-7-inch and 175-pound Hispanic man approached the victim and asked his gang affiliation. The victim said he was not a gang member and started to walk away, police said, when the shooter drew and fired.

The shooter left the scene headed north in a Honda, Acura or other import-style car.

The victim was airlifted to a Modesto-area hospital for his injuries and is currently in stable condition, police said.There have been a total of 19 shootings in Los Banos this year.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Zina Holden at (209) 827-7070, ext. 147 or by leaving an anonymous tip on the city website at www.losbanos.org.

Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanosenterprise.com.