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Police report three shootings, one injured

Merced police reported three shootings Wednesday night — one of which injured a male victim.

Police said details of all three shootings remains sketchy.

Officers responded to the area of 11th and I streets at 9:48 p.m. and located a 31-year-old man who had been shot in his lower body, according to Cmdr. Floyd Higdon.

Police said the victim had been walking back from a store through an alleyway and was approached by a group of men in a white four-door sedan. The victim said a person in the car began shooting at him — and he ran to his apartment two blocks away.

The victim, who was shot three times, was transported to a hospital for treatment — although his injuries are not life-threatening. The man described the suspects as two black males, while the shooter was either a black or Hispanic male, wearing a white shirt, Higdon said.

Another shooting was reported in the area of 20th and Q streets at 6:05 p.m., after witnesses observed a group of black males getting out of a white Ford Taurus. Witnesses said one of the men shot at another man, who was standing in an alleyway. Neither the suspects or the victim were located, police said.

The third shooting was reported off North Bear Creek and Shadowbrook drives at 10:37 p.m. A 30-year-old male victim said he was walking in the area when unknown suspects fired five to eight shots at him. The victim was not hurt, but received several scratches because he jumped into the creek, police said.

Two houses in the area were hit with bullets — although no one was hurt, Higdon said. Higdon said investigators do not know if the incidents are connected.

Police are asking anyone with information about these shootings to call the department’s anonymous tip-line at (209) 385-4725 or Sgt. Scott Skinner at (209) 385-4702.Reporter Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or