Early morning Highway 99 shooting investigation underway in Merced

A man was shot after a shooting reported early Thursday morning on Southbound Highway 99 near the East 16th Street off-ramp at approximately 2:07 a.m.

The victim, identified only as a male adult was located at the parking lot of Merced Walmart, Merced Police officers are currently there investigating.

The man appeared to have been taken by Riggs Ambulance to an unknown hospital, at this time no other injuries are being reported.

At this time, it appears the man was driving Southbound on Highway 99 when he was fired on and shot by someone in another vehicle.

No description of the shooter or the shooter’s vehicle was immediately available.

The sheriff’s department currently has closed the Southbound lanes of Highway 99 near the 16th Street off-ramp for crime scene investigation.

No estimated time of reopening the Southbound 99 lanes was immediately available, avoid the area.

Anyone with information can call the Merced County Sheriff’s Department Major Crime Unit at (209) 385-7472. Callers can remain anonymous.

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