On February 4th, 2020, Merced Police Department Detectives were able to identify a suspect in the shooting of five juveniles that originally occurred on January 30, 2020.
Detective Pinnegar was able to secure a search warrant for a residence in the 100 block of West Main Street and an arrest warrant for five counts of attempted homicide on the suspect, Daniel Mays.
The Merced Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit executed the search warrant at around 2:30 P.M., SWAT Officers were able to take Mays into custody without incident.
Mays was turned over to detectives to be interviewed. A search was conducted of Mays’s residence where some items of evidence were collected.
The firearm is still outstanding and was not located at this time. Mays was later booked into Merced County Jail for the five counts of attempted homicide warrant.
Originally officers located four juvenile victims at the scene of the shooting. A fifth juvenile has since come forward and sustained a non-life threatening injury during the shooting.
Detectives are still working on establishing a motive for the shooting. Detectives have not ruled out the possibility this may be gang related.
Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Detective John Pinnegar at (209) 388-7712 or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 3854725.
The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message