Investigators call teen on teen murder in Central Fresno a rare case

Police say a 16-year-old boy shot and killed his immediate family member

FRESNO, Calif. - It's a disturbing trend in the City of Fresno. Teen on teen gun violence. A 16-year-old boy is dead after allegedly being shot by his own family member. Police have arrested the suspect in Fresno's 56th murder of the year.

The count is up 47 percent up from last year at this time but this specific case is rare. A teenager killing his own flesh and blood and both boys were the same age.

A Central Fresno family is torn now that a 16-year-old is dead and another 16-year-old is behind bars.

"It was a verbal argument. At this point we really can't get into the details of what the argument was over. But again they are immediate family members," said Sergeant Larry Bowlan.

Police say a domestic dispute at a home on East Michigan Avenue erupted into gun violence Wednesday afternoon. Authorities responded to find a teen boy shot in the upper body. Medics rushed the victim to CRMC where he died just a few hours later. Tips led officers to the location of the suspect who tried to run away from the scene.

"I think it's going to take all hands on deck if we're going to try and prevent tragedies like this in the future," said Councilman Clint Olivier.

The area of First and Shields is apart of Olivier's district. He says community policing and youth outreach can make a difference.

"But I think it's also for parents to be more proactive and we've got to know where our kids are. We've got to know what they're involved in. And that way we can hit it before it happens to touch them," said Pastor Jim Franklin of Cornerstone Church.

Franklin says hosting block parties in areas hit by violence is a priority for his church. So his team can connect with young people. But a case like this is a rare one according to investigators.

"We do have teenage on teenage violence in our city but not when you have these immediate family members that this is a rare case and I couldn't tell you the last time we had one like this," said Bowlan.

Police could not release the identities of either the victim or the suspect. The suspect is being held at the Fresno County Juvenile Detention Center.


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