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Mother's Day shootout

FRESNO, Calif. - A morning shootout on Mother's Day in southeast Fresno, put a man in the hospital.

Police said the gunfire happened in front of a home by Madison and Chestnut Avenues, a little after 8 a.m.

Officers said the victim was in grave condition after his surgery.

We spoke with a man who was outside of his business when the shootout happened.

"I could not do that, I could not open," Wa Vang, a nearby business owner, said.

Vang described the moment he realized, what he thought was firecrackers, was actually gunfire.

"I go to look, I saw the red car, stop in the street, they shoot, three or four or five times from the car, I go to look, I'm scared, right?" he said.

Fresno Police said a red car and a black SUV, possibly a Nissan Versa, pulled up in front of the brown home on Madison Avenue.

Officers said two people from inside the home came out, that's when shots were allegedly fired from the cars and the two people, fired back.

"Two subjects with guns allegedly shot into the red vehicle, then the vehicles took off eastbound," Lt. Joe Gomez with the Fresno Police Department, said.

A 47-year-old man from inside the home got shot in the back and was immediately rushed to Community Regional Medical Center.

Responding officers, saw a Hispanic man walking away from the scene, but have not located him or determined if he's involved in the shooting.

There is evidence, though, that a third person also fired shots.

"He was standing on the south side of Madison here, shooting that way towards the house," Gomez said. "We don't know if he was shooting at the house or at the cars, but there's evidence, shell casings, consistent with what witnesses say."

Police are investigating to see if this is gang related.

if anyone has information you're asked to call police or CRIME STOPPERS at 498-STOP.


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