Merced County teenager shot in apparent gang attack, police say

A teenage boy was shot in an attack with suspected street-gang ties, according to Los Banos police.

Los Banos Police Department officers responded to reports of gunshots in the area of I Second Streets around 9:20 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release.

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A teenage boy was shot in what appeared to be a gang graffiti-related attack Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, near downtown Los Banos where investigators found shell casings and gang graffiti, police said. Los Banos Police Cmdr. Jason Hedden Courtesy Los Banos Police Department

At the scene of the shooting, investigators found at least 10 shell casings, Los Banos Police Cmdr. Jason Hedden said. They also found freshly painted gang graffiti, leading police to believe the shooting was gang-motivated.

Anyone with information on the shooting, victim or any other related crime is asked to contact Detective Sean Bayard at 209-827-7070, ext. 2520. Anonymous tips can be sent to the same number with extension 2545. Anonymous tips can also be sent online at, or to Merced Area Crime Stoppers at either 855-725-2420, or

Vikaas Shanker is an award-winning reporter covering education, crime and courts for the Merced Sun-Star and Los Banos Enterprise. After growing up in Naperville, Illinois and graduating from the University of Kansas, he reported in several Chicago suburbs before moving to Merced County in 2016.