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A 23-year-old probationer accused of shooting three men, one fatally, is slated to be arraigned next month on murder and other charges.

Jonathan Manriquez of Lake Elsinore was arrested earlier this week and charged with murder and two counts of firearm assault, along with sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.

Manriquez made his initial court appearance Wednesday before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Charles Koosed, who appointed him a public defender and scheduled his arraignment for Sept. 2 at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.

The defendant is being held on $2 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Ben Ramirez, shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday, the probationer was involved in an unspecified dispute with the three victims, among whom was 36-year-old Robert Chavez of Perris.

During the confrontation, Manriquez allegedly pulled a handgun and fired multiple rounds, hitting all three men, according to court documents.

Ramirez said Chavez was killed on the spot. The other two men were seriously wounded.

Manriquez fled the location before patrol deputies arrived, the sergeant alleged.

On the ensuing day, homicide detectives were able to gather sufficient evidence pointing to the defendant as the alleged shooter. He was arrested without incident Monday while seeking treatment for undisclosed injuries at Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar.

According to Ramirez, the two wounded individuals, identified in court documents only as “F.M.,” and “S.C.,” remain hospitalized and are in stable condition.

Court records show that Manriquez has prior misdemeanor convictions for reckless driving and hit-and-run resulting in property damage. He also has an unresolved felony case alleging transportation of drugs for sale and possession of controlled substances while armed.

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