Sheriff's deputies arrest 15-year-old in Delhi for allegedly discharging a firearm

The Merced County Sheriff's Office said deputies arrested a 15-year-old juvenile Monday in Delhi for allegedly discharging a firearm.

Authorities said the sheriff's office got a report around 7:30 p.m. of shots fired in the 13000 block of Davis Court in Delhi. A subject called in, giving a possible vehicle description and direction of travel of a car that pulled up and fired several rounds from what is believed to be a handgun, according to Deputy Tom MacKenzie, sheriff's spokesman.

Deputy Kao Ky saw a vehicle matching the description given by the witness driving without its lights on. When Ly tried to make a vehicle stop, the car took off and a short pursuit ensued. After a few minutes the suspect vehicle hit an almond tree at August and Griffith Avenue and two suspects ran from the scene, MacKenzie said.

The driver, a 15-year-old male, was soon captured, but the passenger got away. The driver claimed he didn't know anything about a shooting, or that he was involved in the pursuit, although Ly recognized him behind the wheel.

He was booked into Juvenile Hall for discharging a firearm and evading a peace officer. The motive behind the shooting is believed to be gang-related. The weapon has yet to be recovered. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Merced Sheriff's Office Detective Division at (209) 385-7472.