2 dead, 1 injured following shooting at Old Town Clovis bar, police say


CLOVIS, California. (KSEE/KGPE) – Two people have died and one person is injured following a shooting at a bar in the city early Saturday morning, according to the Clovis Police Department.

Just after 2 a.m., officers were called out to the Palace Bar near Clovis Avenue and 5th Street after several people placed calls to 911 to report a shooting.

Officers arrived at the bar within two minutes of the first 911 call and found three men suffering from gunshot wounds. Police say two men were found shot inside of the bar, and the third was outside.

An ambulance crew immediately began life-saving measures, but police say one of the men ended up passing away inside of the bar.

The other two men who were shot were taken to a local hospital, where police say a second man died upon arrival.

The victims were identified as Merehildo Luna, 21, of Fresno and Andres Sanchez 27, of Sanger.

The third man is alive and is currently hospitalized in stable condition.

Evidence markers outside of the Palace Bar following Saturday morning’s shooting.

Detectives are now speaking with several witnesses and looking into surveillance footage captured in the area to try and identify the shooter.

A description of the shooter has not been released at this time.

Clovis Police Lt. Jim Munro says detectives aren’t sure if the shooter knew the three men, but there was some sort of verbal confrontation between them earlier in the night before shots were fired.

The two deaths mark the first two homicides this year in the City of Clovis.

Clovis Avenue was closed between 4th and 5th streets for several hours as detectives looked for evidence. As of 10:30 a.m., Clovis Avenue has completely opened back up for all traffic.

Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call the Clovis Police Department at (559) 324-2800.

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