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Man, 19, killed at party in Cressey

CRESSEY -- A 19-year-old man is dead after a shooting at a quinceañera party early Sunday morning, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported.

The incident was one of at least three shootings in Merced County this weekend.

Details about the Cressey shooting remain sketchy and authorities have not released the victim's name. No one has been arrested, according to Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin.

The shooting was reported about 1 a.m. in the 8100 block of Cressey Way northeast of Livingston. Deputy Tom MacKenzie, Sheriff's Department spokesman, said the shooting happened after a group of people who had not been invited showed up at the party and were asked to leave.

Words were exchanged, MacKenzie said, and shots were fired. The victim was shot in the stomach, leg and chest. Deputies arrived at the scene and the victim was flown to a Modesto hospital, where he was pronounced dead, MacKenzie said.

'Not going to discount' gangs

Pazin didn't say if the shooting was gang-related, although investigators "are not going to discount that, at this point," he said.

He acknowledged that investigators haven't had many witnesses come forward with information in the case.

"This is the frustrating part. Everyone clams up and doesn't help law enforcement put the responsible (person) behind bars," Pazin said.

The death is the eighth homicide reported this year in Merced County.

Also over the weekend, deputies responded to a shooting about 9 p.m. Saturday in the 10000 block of Olive Avenue near Sultana Drive, near Livingston. Pazin said a 32-year-old man was shot three times. The victim was taken to Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock.

MacKenzie said the victim has not been cooperative with investigators. He is expected to survive.

A third shooting was reported about 1 a.m. Sunday in the 16000 block of Davis Court in Delhi. Pazin said the victim was shot in the leg and taken to the hospital by family. Further details have not been released.

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