Mother and infant struck by gunfire, police arrest man

Merced Police officers arrested Charles Jasper (21) for two charges of attempted homicide, gang enhancements, felon in possession of a firearm, and shooting at a motor vehicle.

At 1:09 PM, Officers responded to the 3100 block of R Street after receiving calls of gunshots heard in the area. Approximately 20 minutes later, officers responded to Lowe’s parking lot for a victim struck by gunfire.

When officers arrived, they contacted a 22-year-old female and 11-month-old infant that were both struck by gunfire. The mother sustained an injury to the leg and the infant was struck in the head.

The mother and daughter sustained minor injuries and were transported to an area trauma center for medical treatment. Their injuries are not life-threatening.

Charles Jasper was identified as the suspect. Gang Violence Suppression Unit officers developed information on Jasper’s whereabouts and placed him under arrest. He was booked into custody at the Merced County Jail.

Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this incident to contact Detective Odom at 209-388-7814 or by email at

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