The Merced County Sheriff’s Department is investigating two shootings in Delhi, one of which left a 16-year-old boy with a gunshot wound.
It’s unknown at this time in the investigation if the two shootings are related. The sheriff’s department does suspect one of the shootings was gang related, said sheriff spokesperson Sgt. Delray Shelton.
The first shooting, which resulted in the injury to the teenager, was reported around 3:30 p.m. Sunday at a residence in the 16000 block of Corner Street.
The 16-year-old boy was standing in the front yard of the residence with his younger brother when a small car drove by and someone in the car pulled out a gun and fired several shots, at least one of which hit the teenager.
The teenager was taken to a nearby hospital by family and friends before the sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene. His injury is not considered life threatening, Shelton said.
Shelton said there is no clear motive in the shooting at this time.
The second shooting occurred just before 1 a.m. Monday in the 1600 block of Shendel Road.
The caller originally stated the armed suspects were inside the home and had fired seven rounds in the kitchen, but the first deputies at the scene discovered the shooting actually occurred outside the home, Shelton said.
The deputies were told the suspects had walked up to the home and fired several shots into the house before leaving in a vehicle. The suspects were described as Hispanic males wearing dark clothes.
No injuries were reported from the second shooting.
Shelton said the second shooting appeared to be gang related.
Anyone with information about either shooting is asked to contact the Merced County Sheriff’s Department at 385-7444.