FRESNO, Calif. — 3 people have been shot and 1 person is dead after a domestic dispute South of Parlier.
Just after 5 p.m. police responded to a field on Newmark and Huntsman where they found a dead body. 2 others are in the hospital in critical condition.
Deputies and crime scene units filling this orchard on Newmark and Huntsman to investigate a homicide. Police said 2 cars were involved in the dispute.
The small car was filled with a man, 2 women and 4 children and the other was a pickup truck, with one man inside.
“They had all gotten done with a gathering and passing through this area two different vehicles, when they got together this is when that disturbance broke out,” said Tony Botti, spokesperson Fresno County Sheriff’s.
Deputies said they knew each other a woman in her 20’s in the small car was in a relationship with a man in his 40’s in the pickup truck. Then the fight happened.
Deputies said the man in his 40’s shot his girlfriend and the man in the car with her. Investigators said several rounds were fired.
Deputies then said they raced away from the scene, driving to the hospital but a few blocks away, they found help.
“They got to Bethel and Rose saw a CHP officer and flagged him down and were able to get EMS out there to treat this man and woman,” said Botti.
After this, deputies came out to this orchard to investigate and that’s when they found the man inside his pickup truck.
“As they got closer they found a man who was down from a gunshot wound.”
Detectives are working to determine if he committed suicide or if the other party fired shots at him. They are still searching for the firearm as for the kids ranging from 1 to 4 years old in the car, deputies say they weren’t harmed.
“Fortunately these little kids did not get hurt at all physically anyway it is going to be an emotional toll on them,” said Botti.
Deputies said the girlfriend of the alleged shooter and the mother of the children is in extremely critical condition at the hospital. The man that was shot is also in critical condition. Investigators are asking for anyone who may know something to come forward to help them piece this together.