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Three shot at Merced home; suspected gunman arrested after standoff

A 52-year-old Merced man surrendered to police Friday after he allegedly shot and wounded three people at a home and then held officers at bay for more than two hours, authorities said.

Raul Diaz Moreno surrendered to police about 3:30 p.m., Merced police Capt. Bimley West said. He was booked into custody on suspicion of three felony counts of attempted murder. Bond was set at $500,000, according to Merced County Sheriff’s records.

A 21-year-old man, a 19-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl suffered gunshot wounds and were taken to local hospitals, West said. All three were expected to survive.

The two adults were each shot in the upper torso and the 17-year-old was wounded in the leg, West said.

The two young women are believed to be relatives of the suspect and the male victim was described as the friend of a family member, West said.

The motive for the shooting was under investigation, he said.

The shooting appeared to have taken place outside a home in the 4600 block of Beckman Way, in the Bellevue Ranch area of north Merced.

“Our police officers arrived on scene at 12:57 p.m., and that’s when they found the victims in the road,” West said.

Diaz Moreno holed up in the home and officers worked to make contact with him to negotiate a peaceful resolution, police said.

About 2 1/2 hours after the shooting, Diaz Moreno surrendered peacefully and was unharmed, West said.

Further information about the victims was not available Friday evening.

“This is a very taxing time for (the family),” West said, asking media to give the family space. “There’s a lot they don’t understand about this situation as well.”

The home is part of a newer subdivision in north Merced, about a half-mile south of El Capitan High School.

The campus, with about 1,700 students, was placed on lockdown during the standoff, said Alan Peterson, superintendent of the Merced Union High School District.

As the campus prepared to release students Friday afternoon, the school advised parents and guardians that they would need to use alternate routes, away from G Street, to leave the area after picking up their students.

Nearby residents gathered to see what was going on during the standoff.

Michael Blonski, who lives on Jacobs Drive, was heading out to a grocery store to drop off a package when he saw police tape being set up on Beckman Way northeast of Bancroft Drive.

“This is a very quiet neighborhood,” said Blonski, who said he has lived in the area since last October. “It’s never felt unsafe.”

Vikaas Shanker and Andrew Kuhn contributed to this report.

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