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Man shot, killed in Cathedral City identified

A man shot and killed in Cathedral City has been identified by the Riverside County Coroner’s Bureau.

31-year-old Cathedral City resident Mario Mercado died at Desert Regional Medical Center at 2:28 a.m. on September 25.

According to initial information released by the Cathedral City Police Department, calls went in of shots being fired on the 30900 block of San Gabriel Circle at 12:34 a.m. According to the Coroner’s release, Mercado’s time of injury is listed at 12:34 a.m.

At 12:36 a.m. officers arrived on scene and found the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the body. Emergency medical treatment was rendered at the scene and the victim was hospitalized.

No suspects have been taken into custody as of Monday afternnoon.

Squad cars and a forensics team remained on scene as of 11 a.m. on San Gabriel Circle in the Dream Homes area on Cathedral City Wednesday morning. By 11:15 a.m., police had cleared the scene.

News Channel 3 received reports from viewers Wednesday morning that they saw a body in the road in the area after midnight.

One witness described the suspect vehicle as an older model green Honda Accord. The witness says a man and woman were talking at the home. Moments later the car pulled up, when a suspect inside opened fire.

The investigation is ongoing and in its early stages – CCPD urges anyone with information relating to this investigation to contact CCPD detectives at 760-770-0300, Detective Sergeant Rick Sanchez at 760-202-2488, or online at


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