One suspect in custody, another sought in shooting of man and his 4-year-old son


Luis Avila (left), Luis Castillo (right)

HANFORD, California (KSEE/KGPE) – One suspect was in custody and another was still being sought after a man and his 4-year-old son were shot on Monday, the Hanford Police Department said Tuesday.

Luis Castillo, 26, turned himself in to detectives, the Police Department said Tuesday.

He was booked into the Kings County Jail on charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and criminal street gang activity.

Officers were still looking for the second suspect — Luis Avila, 26.

On Monday around 1:40 a.m., officers responded to the area of 12th Avenue and Hanford-Armona Road for a report of an altercation with gunshots being heard.

When officers arrived, they located a 29-year-old male victim who had collided with a pole just north of the intersection of 12th Avenue and Hanford-Armona Road.

The victim advised officers he had been shot, and his 4-year-old son had possibly been shot as well.

EMS was advised of the situation and officers located the boy with a laceration to the head.

The father and son were rushed to a nearby hospital.

It was later determined the man was shot approximately three times and the child was shot once in the head, but the injury was not life-threatening, police said.

Detectives learned that the 29-year-old victim, his 4-year-old son, a 24-year-old woman, and a 21-year-old man had arrived at the Chevron gas station before returning home from a family member’s birthday party.

The 29-year-old male had gotten into a verbal altercation with the two suspects inside the gas station. The victim got into his vehicle, and the argument continued, police said.

The victim drove toward the two suspects, and as he did so, he was shot by one of the suspects, police said.

The victim continued to drive away and collided with a pole due to his injuries.

Passersby stopped to help the victim and his son, and police arrived a short time later.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Raymond Dias at 559-585-2535.

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