Just before being shot, the victim was dropped off in a Linder Road-area neighborhood near the home of Idaho Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher.
Fulcher told the Statesman on Monday that the location of the shooting appeared to be random. "To the best of our knowledge, a car pulled over, they shot this guy and then kicked him out on the road," Fulcher said.
Deputies agreed, saying they are trying to figure out why the man was dropped off there.
The victim was found about 50 yards from Fulcher's home, which sits on a 5-acre lot, Fulcher said.
Ada County dispatchers received a report on the shooting shortly after 10:30 a.m. Monday. The man later told deputies that he was in a car with three others when he got out and the men inside opened fire, shooting four or five times and hitting him once.
The car - a late-1990s or early-2000s dark Mercedes four-door - took off.
The man was taken to the hospital and treated for injuries that were described as nonlife-threatening. Officials say the victim knew the shooters.
The news reached Fulcher while the Senate was in session. His 18-year-old daughter, a high school senior, phoned to say that a man bleeding badly had banged on the door.
"I said, 'Call the police, call an ambulance and I'll be there as soon as I can,' " Fulcher said. "Fortunately, my family is OK."
Fulcher's other children, 19 and 21, also were home from college for spring break. They covered the victim with a blanket and gave him water.
The Fulchers' steps were covered with blood.
"It's just a shocking experience," Fulcher said. "It goes to show you that even in Meridian, Idaho, this kind of junk can happen."
Sheriff's officials ask anyone with information about the shooting to call Crime Stoppers at 343-2677.
Patrick Orr: 377-6219, Twitter: @IDS_Orr