Merced Police release information about last night’s homicide

​A man in his 30s was shot to death Friday night outside his home on San Mateo Court in Merced. The victim, Jose Mireles 34, was shot multiple times in the upper body around 9:45 p.m. on the outside stairway of an apartment complex in the 3300 block of San Mateo Court. The victim’s children, two girls and a boy, ages 6 and younger, were inside the apartment at the time of the shooting. They were not injured.

The victim was involved in an argument with three men shortly before the shooting, but the nature of the fight was unclear. One of the men, fired multiple shots before he and the two other men ran away in different directions. When officers arrived on scene they performed lifesaving efforts until paramedics arrived. He was later pronounced deceased at the scene. Detectives are talking to witnesses and gathering evidence to identify the suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merced Police Detective Chris Russell at 209-385-4707 or 209-385-6905. Tips are confidential and callers may remain anonymous.

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