MERCED, California. (KSEE/KGPE) – A man has died after he was shot while driving along a highway in Merced on Tuesday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol Merced
At 2:30 p.m., a driver called 9-1-1 to report they had just witnessed a shooting on southbound Highway 99 near Franklin Road.
When officers arrived, they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound in a car stopped in the highway’s center median, and the vehicle with the shooter in it had already left the area.
Officers immediately began life-saving measures on the man, but he later passed away from his injuries at the scene.
The man who was killed was driving alone in his car at the time of the shooting.
The California Highway Patrol has shut down all southbound lanes of Highway 99 between the Atwater/Merced expressway and 16th Street as investigators look for evidence.
CHP has not provided a description of the shooter or the vehicle they were traveling in at this time.
There is currently no estimated time for reopening the highway as the investigation into the fatal shooting continues.
Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call California Highway Patrol Investigator V. Villegas at (209) 356-6631.