Detectives arrest Sanger man for deadly shooting at Fowler house party


FOWLER, California (KSEE/KGPE) — Fresno County homicide detectives have booked Joseph Ornelas, 20, into the Fresno County Jail.

He faces one charge of murder and two charges of attempted murder.

A Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy, working as part of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, found and arrested Ornelas on Monday afternoon.

Deputies and officers with the Fowler Police Department responded to a report of shots fired at a home on the 200 block of E. Adams Ave. in Fowler around 2:00 a.m., on Sunday, Spokesman Tony Botti said.

Three men, in their late teens to early 20s, were found suffering from gunshot wounds.

All were transported to the hospital. Lee Major, 20, died at the hospital. The other two men received medical treatment and were later released.

Detectives discovered the owners of the home where the shooting took place are in the process of selling the home.

They decided to throw one last party before moving out. Many people showed up.

At one point, Major and other guests asked Ornelas to leave the party. Ornelas refused and an argument ensued. Ornelas then pulled out a gun and began shooting, striking Major and the two other men

Witnesses say the suspect(s) and victims were interacting with each other before violence broke out.

Detectives are continuing to interview partygoers and analyze evidence to try and gain a better understanding of what took place and whether it involves any ties to criminal street gangs, Botti said.

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