A man is dead after a shooting was reported Wednesday night on northbound Highway 99 near Franklin Road. Few details are known at this point and no suspects are in custody. The shooting was reported to the sheriff's office at 7:45 p.m. The sole occupant of a white Honda Civic was traveling northbound on Highway 99 when he was fired upon and shot. His car went off of the freeway and crashed into the backyard of a house on the 4000 block of Ashby Road. Witnesses said the man appeared to be in his late teens or early 20s. The sheriff's department has closed the northbound lanes of Highway 99 and investigators are on scene. Anyone with information may call the Merced County Sheriff's Department Major Crime Unit at (209) 385-7472. Callers may remain anonymous.
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