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Merced deputies investigate shooting

Merced County sheriff's officials arrested four teenagers after a man was shot in the arm Thursday in Delhi.

The 20-year-old man was hit once in the left arm, said sheriff's spokesman deputy Tom MacKenzie.

He said the man was taken by ambulance to a hospital and was expected to survive his injury. MacKenzie said the victim was a drop-out gang member.

The shooting occurred about 1:15 p.m. in the 15000 block of Shell Street.

MacKenzie said the victim was standing in front of his house when rival gang members drove by in a red Dodge Neon. The people in the car began yelling at the victim. A few minutes later, an unknown teenage boy walked along the street, looking around as he passed.

MacKenzie said the victim told his younger brother to go inside the house.

When the unknown teenager got to the end of the street, he looked to make sure nobody was around before pulling out a black semi-automatic handgun and firing at least two shots at the victim, MacKenzie said.

The teenager then got into the red Dodge Neon and left the area. Deputies caught up to the four teenagers after a short pursuit through town.

Sheriff's officials arrested a 16-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy and two 17-year-old boys on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Their names were not released because they are minors.

MacKenzie said investigators found the gun that was used.

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