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One dead, three wounded in East Merced shooting

One man is dead and three wounded following a shooting in an east Merced neighborhood Friday night, police said. The corner of East 27th and Green streets was rocked by gunfire just after 8:30 p.m.

Two victims were taken by helicopter to a hospital, one was transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center Merced, said Police Commander Floyd Higdon.

Police did not release details on the condition of the three wounded victims, but witnesses said one was gravely injured at the scene. The victims’ identities were not released.

Police gave no information on the shooter. Witnesses who saw the shooting described the suspect as a lone male who parked his car on Green Street, then walked up to his victims and opened fire with an automatic weapon.

The victims were sitting at a table playing dominoes in a garage on the northeast corner of East 27th and Green, said witnesses.

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Adrianna Quintanilla, who lives across the street from the house where the shooting happened, said she was cooking in her kitchen when she heard a series of popping noises.

When she walked outside, she saw a young man standing over a shooting victim on the ground “trying to wake him up.” The young man told her to call the police.

While Quintanilla dialed 911, her roommate Tony Parra administered CPR to the shooting victim.

Parra said the victim had been shot in the stomach, chest and leg. Parra held the victim in his lap as blood streamed out of his mouth.

“Every two minutes he would gasp for air,” said Parra.

Parra said he pressed his finger to the victim’s neck to check for a pulse.

“It got really light and it went away,” said Parra. Parra said he believes the victim died in his lap.

Other victims included one man who was shot in the head and another who was shot in the thigh, said Parra.

Quintanilla described the house where the shooting took place as busy and family-oriented. It wasn’t unusual to see the family who lived there cooking or playing games outside, often with children running around, she said.

“We’re neighbors, we talk to them all the time,” said Quintanilla. “They’re nice people. They didn’t deserve this.”

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