SHOTS FIRED IN MERCED THIS EVENING NEAR STEPHEN LEONARD PARK

Shots Fired
MERCED, CA – At approximately 8:26 p.m. this evening, Officers with the Merced Police Department responded to a report of multiple shots fired in the area of Stephen Leonard Park , possibly near 6th and T Streets. Several subjects were reported to have been shooting at each other.Two of the suspects were seen jumping a fence into the backyard area of a vacant residence near the park.
When officers arrived on scene they located a suspect in an alleyway and the suspect then fled. Officers described him as wearing all black clothing and that he had dropped a backpack while running and when officers searched it they found a firearm which turned out to be a pellet gun. Officers are searching the area now for the suspect who was last seen running eastbound on 4th Street. 
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