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Merced County sheriff seeks 1 person, 1 gun in shooting

Merced County sheriff's officials Wednesday were looking for one person and a gun after shots were fired from a car in Delhi on Monday evening. No injuries were reported.

The shooting occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Davis Court, just west of Shanks Road, said deputy Tom MacKenzie. He said a witness called sheriff's officials to report several shots were fired from what is believed to be a handgun.

The witness gave deputies a vehicle description and the direction the car fled. Soon after, deputy Kao Ky spotted a car, matching the description, driving without its lights on. He attempted to make a vehicle stop, but the car drove away.

A short pursuit ended after a few minutes when the car hit an almond tree near August and Griffith avenues. Two people ran from the car. The driver, a 15-year-old boy, was captured, but the passenger escaped. The gun was not found. The teenager was arrested on suspicion of discharging a firearm and evading a peace officer.

Sheriff's officials did not release his name, because he is a minor. MacKenzie said the motive behind the shooting is believed to be gang-related. Sheriff's officials ask anyone with information about the shooting to call the department's Detective Division at 385-7472.

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