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Shooting victim found in Delhi backyard
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The Merced County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a shooting in Delhi that left a man with bullet wounds to his hand and arm.

The sheriff’s department has not made any arrests in the shooting and the investigation is ongoing, said sheriff spokesman Deputy Tom MacKenzie.

The shooting was reported at 8:20 p.m. Monday in the 15000 block of Oak Street in Delhi.

When deputies arrived at the scene, several witnesses reported seeing four to five suspects confront a lone victim and fire several shots at him while he was in his vehicle. Both the victim and suspects drove away prior to the deputies’ arrival.

A few minutes later dispatch received a call of a gunshot victim in the backyard of a residence in the 15000 block of Oak Street. When deputies got there they found the 25-year-old Hispanic male victim shot once in the left hand and once in the right inner arm.

The victim could not give too much information due to the amount of pain he was in, but related that he was approached by a Hispanic male pointing a gun at him and ordering him out of the vehicle, MacKenzie said. As the victim attempted to drive off, the suspect fired several rounds at him, striking him twice. The victim went to a relative’s house where he asked a cousin to call an ambulance.

“The victim does not appear to have any affiliation or gang ties and he was transported to a Modesto hospital where he is expected to recover from his injuries,” MacKenzie said.

Witnesses said that they saw several suspects in a grey four-door car, all Hispanics males; however the victim reported seeing only one. It is unknown what type of firearm was used and if there was more than one shooter, MacKenzie said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Merced Sheriff’s Office at 385-7472.

To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.