Two men are in custody for shooting last night in Merced, this is what happened

Two men are now in jail after being arrested by Merced Police on several charges.

Officers responded to the 1100 block of U Street at around 9:39 Wednesday night for reports of shots fired in the area.

Top 43-year-old Manuel Barro
Bottom 24-year-old Robert Castro

When officers arrived on scene, they learned two suspects, later identified as 24-year-old Robert Castro and 43-year-old Manuel Barro were at a residence in the area to collect money they were owed.

The victim stated he was retrieving their money when the suspects brandished firearms at him firing two shots.

No victims were reported to be suffering from gunshot wounds. Prior to the officers arriving on scene, the suspects left in a white Volkswagen sedan. Officer Henke noticed the white sedan circling the area before the vehicle drove eastbound on West 13th Street.

Officer Henke radioed the information to officers in the area. Officer Bolanos located the vehicle at West 13th and ‘O’ Streets where she conducted a traffic stop.

During the traffic stop, a loaded Mac-10 .45 Caliber sub-machine gun, a .22 caliber revolver, and approximately 7.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine were located.

Robert Carlos Castro and Manuel Barro were identified through an in-field show-up as the suspects in the shooting. Both Castro and Barro were booked at the Merced County Jail for brandishing a firearm, terrorist threats, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, possession of narcotics with a loaded firearm, and having concealed firearms.

Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Officer A. Henke at 209-388-7746 or by email at

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