A 23-year-old probationer accused of shooting three men, one fatally, during a confrontation in Perris pleaded not guilty Friday to murder and other charges.

Jonathan Manriquez of Lake Elsinore was arrested last month following a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigation.

Along with murder, Manriquez is charged with two counts of firearm assault, as well as sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.

He was arraigned before Superior Court Judge Paul Dickerson, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Oct. 19 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. on Aug. 14, Manriquez 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 that Chavez was killed on the spot. The other two men were seriously wounded.

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

In the ensuing 24 hours, homicide detectives were able to gather sufficient evidence pointing to the defendant as the alleged shooter. He was arrested without incident on Aug. 15 while seeking treatment for undisclosed injuries at Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar.

The two wounded individuals, identified in court documents only as “F.M.,” and “S.C.,” are in recovery.

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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