FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – Fresno Police detectives are still on the hunt for the suspects that sent a 17-year-old in a drive-by shooting late Sunday morning in southwest Fresno.
The shooting happened around 11:12 a.m. in the area of Lee and Florence avenues, according to Capt. Mark Salazar. Police arrived within two-and-a-half minutes after a ShotSpotter alert and the victim was taken to Community Regional Medical Center soon after.
Nearly 10 rounds were fired, according to Salazar, hitting a car and the victim in the upper chest. As of 8 p.m., the teen was listed in critical condition, but is stable.
Jonathan Martinez was watching a soccer game with his dad on Computech Middle School’s field when he saw the moment the victim was shot.
“The guy was just minding his own business, just sitting down, [when] all you see is a car pull and [someone] starts firing off,” Martinez said.
Salazar said the victim — a Fresno native who is living in Hanford now — was visiting family at an apartment when he was shot. As investigators began processing the crime scene, officers also made sure no retaliatory violence would follow.
He adds Interim Police Chief Andy Hall has assigned extra resources to the streets recently for this very reason.
“What we’ve seen in shootings like this…[we end up with] shootings two, three, four and five. We want to make sure that doesn’t happen,” Salazar said.
The shooting does not appear to be gang-related, with Salazar saying the victim’s name has never come up in any of his investigations with gangs in his 23-year career.
Shootings in southwest Fresno are down 37% from last year, according to Salazar. The decrease in violence is what makes this even more of a shock for Martinez.
“It’s such a loving community and there hasn’t been a lot of violence lately. Just knowing this happened out of nowhere, it’s crazy to think about…being this close to it is surreal,” he said.
The suspects were seen driving away in a light-colored car. At least two people were in the car at the time, according to Salazar, and that they’re African American men.
If you know anything about this, give Fresno Police a call.