Authorities are investigating a shooting after a man was shot when he was trying to purchase a vehicle Monday night.
Officers responded to the area of Calimyrna Avenue and East 22nd Street at around 9:55 for reports of shots fired.
Officers located the victim in the area of East 21st Street and Yosemite Parkway and told officers he was shot in the lower leg when he tried to purchase the vehicle he found on a social media site.
The victim also stated he had traveled to Merced to meet the seller in the area of Weston Way and East 22nd Street, once he arrived he met the seller, a heavy-set Hispanic male.
The suspect demanded money from the victim and shortly thereafter fired several shots, one striking him in the leg.
The victim fled the area in his vehicle and contacted police. The victim was taken to an area hospital where he was later released.
Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Detective Lupian at 209-385-7844 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.