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3 arrested after man killed in downtown Merced shootout

Officers received a call of shots fired at the parking structure across the street from city hall around 3 a.m. Saturday.

MERCED, Calif. — Three people are in custody after an early morning shooting in Merced left one man dead and three other people injured.

According to a news release, officers were called for shots fired at 19th and M streets around 3 a.m. Saturday. Upon arrival, they found people running and driving away from the scene.

A total of four people were shot and 18-year-old Elyas Jerry Aguilar was pronounced dead at the scene while the other three victims were taken to the hospital.

Investigators found there was a shootout after a 16-year-old shot at a car with people inside.

The 16-year-old is now being treated for a gunshot wound and deputies say he will be arrested on suspicion of murder, discharging a firearm at an occupied vehicle, and other gang and weapons charges.

A second 16-year-old was arrested and is accused of leaving the scene with what investigators believe is the gun involved in the deadly shooting.

Deputies say a 25-year-old man, identified as Marcos Montoya, ended up shooting himself during the shootout and was arrested on various firearms charges.

Anyone with information can call Detective Steven Odom at 209-388-7814 or Detective Raymond Valadez at 209-388-7829.

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