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Shots fired at Cap and Town event

Shots rang out Friday night in downtown Merced, injuring one man shortly before 10 p.m. near Main and K streets, Merced police reported.

Details about the shooting were extremely preliminary late Friday.

The shooting near Main and K streets was reported during the second annual Cap 'n' Town Festival, a celebration geared toward honoring the area's graduates, from preschoolers to those receiving Ph.Ds.

Lt. Bimley West said the victim, a UC Merced student, was conscious and talkative after being wounded. Police responded to the scene after dispatch received a call about a fight around 9:48 p.m. Shortly after, shots were fired, West said. The victim, who was shot in the lower right leg, was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to Mercy Medical Center.

The streets were packed with revelers Friday night, and a large crowd ran down Main Street after shots were heard. Friends of the victim said he was a bystander. "It was a stray bullet," said Ivan Cabanban, 22.

West said the shooters fled northbound on K Street and police detained suspects, both juveniles and adults. West said police discovered a gun, but he didn't disclose the caliber of the weapon.

Four bike officers, five gang officers and two patrol officers were on duty during the event and responded to the scene, West said.

Merced County sheriff's deputies also responded to assist police. Police cordoned off the area for more than 30 minutes after the shooting.

-- Jonah Owen Lamb

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