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Three women shot inside bar

Three patrons were slightly injured when a half-dozen gunshots were fired into a Merced bar from a car outside the establishment late Friday night.

Detective Lane Clark of the Merced County Sheriff's Department said three women, ages 30, 43, and 46, were injured in the 10:53 p.m. shooting at the La Casada bar at 2611 N. Santa Fe Drive. Two of the women were shot in the leg and the third may have been grazed by a bullet.

Clark said three men attempted to enter the bar but were refused entry by security guards because they were too drunk.

The men left, vowing they would be back. A half-hour later, they pulled up in a dark-colored car.

Two security guards saw one of the men hanging out the window of the approaching car and dove for cover; the assailants were about 10 feet from the door when they began shooting with a handgun.

A number of people were inside the bar when the shooting happened. The women said they heard five to six shots.

They were taken to the Community Campus of Mercy Medical Center Merced where they were treated and released. The security guards were not injured, Clark said.

No further description was available for the car or the men. Clark said those with information about the shooting are asked to call him at the department Major Crimes Unit at 725-3880.

Associate Editor Doane Yawger

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