FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – A man in his 20s has died after police say a shooting took place near McLane High School on Monday afternoon.

Officers received a call shortly after 3:30 p.m. from a Fresno County Sheriff’s Office deputy regarding a shooting victim in the areas of Cedar and Union Avenues near the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. 

“Any time something like this happens so close to a school it puts us on high alert,” said Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama. 

Officers describe the victim as a Hispanic man in his 20s. He was found with a gunshot wound in the head.

Investigators state they learned the victim got into a verbal argument with the suspect and was shot.

“The officers did try to perform life-saving measures, but were unsuccessful,” said Balderrama. “What we know right now is that the victim got into some type of verbal argument with someone else with the suspect and was shot.”

According to police, the owner of a silver sedan saw the incident and blocked traffic near the body.

“The silver car over in the middle of the road was actually a good Samaritan that I was going on,” said Balderrama. “He was afraid that more traffic was going to come down and hit the victim.”

The intersections near the crime scene were congested with foot traffic and drivers. 

“Anytime, there are a lot of people around it is concerning that we will have more than one victim,” he said. “But in this case, law enforcement responded quickly to not let that happen.”

This marks the 27 homicide for the City of Fresno, police are asking anyone with information or anyone who has a surveillance camera that may have captured the shooting to come forward and call (559) 621-7000.