A man was hospitalized Wednesday after being shot near Canal and West 12th streets, Merced police reported.
Details about the shooting remain sketchy, although investigators believe the crime is gang related, according to Lt. Andre Mattews, police spokesman.
Witnesses said the shooting happened around 2:45 p.m. in the 400 block of West 12th Street, not far from McNamara Park, after the victim exchanged words with another person. After being shot, the victim walked to the 500 block of West 11th Street, where he collapsed. The victim, who was identified only as a man who appeared to be in his 20s, was taken to a local hospital, Matthew said.
With guns drawn, dozens of police officers, sheriff's deputies and agents with the county's Multi-Agency Gang Task Force swarmed the area, blocking off Canal Street between 11th and 12th streets.
Officers posted outside a residence in the 500 block of West 11th Street, across the street from the police department's south sub-station. At least five people were detained at the residence.
Not everyone exited the home when police arrived, however. One man remained inside the house for several minutes with a 6-year-old boy, even though officers ordered him several times over a loudspeaker to exit with a six-year-old child.
Holding the boy's hand, the man eventually exited through the front door of the home and was arrested at gunpoint by officers. The 6-year-old boy and a small girl were turned over the Merced County Child Protective Services.
The police department’s SWAT Team arrived at the home shortly before 5 p.m. to search for additional suspects.
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