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Three arrested in shooting of 4-year-old girl

Three men were arrested Thursday on suspicion of being involved in recent shootings in the Livingston area — including one that injured a 4-year-old girl, the Merced County Sheriff’s Department reported.

The arrests were the result of a joint operation between sheriff's deputies and the Livingston Police Department. Suspects Steven Magana, 25, of Livingston, and Timothy Coronado, 21, of Merced and a 16-year-old boy from Livingston were booked on suspicion of attempted murder and participation in a criminal street gang, according Sgt. Jason Goins of the Merced County Sheriff’s Department.

The arrests followed an investigation into separate shootings that happened on March 9 and May 5. The first shooting resulted in a 53-year-old man being shot several times at a home on the 12000 block of Westside Boulevard in Livingston.

The other shooting was reported May 5 at a residence on the 800 block of Seventh Street. In that shooting, a 4-year-old girl and a 26-year-old man were injured. Police said the victims in that shooting were not seriously hurt.

During the investigation, deputies and police served a search warrant at a home on the 1600 block of E Street in Livingston. Detectives found guns and ammunition hidden in the residence. Magana was arrested at the home, while Coronado was arrested at a group home in Stockton.

The 16-year-old boy was arrested at the Iris Garrett Juvenile Justice Correctional Complex on Sandy Mush Road, where he was being held on unrelated charges, Goins said.

Reporter Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or vpatton@mercedsun-star.com.

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