Twenty-two-year-old father gunned down in Fresno. The search is on for the suspect

Crime

Fresno Police released the identity of a 22-year-old man shot and killed in Fresno early Saturday morning.

The shooting happened around 1:47 a.m. at 3245 N. Maple Ave. regarding a victim of a shooting.

When officers arrived, Andrew Valdez was found unresponsive suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in a parking lot, according to a Fresno Police Department news release.

The father of two children died at the scene, marking the city’s fourth homicide of the year.

“He later passed away, so it’s a homicide investigation at this time,” says Lt. Carl McKnight with the Fresno Police Department.

Homicide detectives are actively working this investigation, and looking through video surveillance footage. They are following up on leads, but not releasing a motive for the shooting at this time.

Althought it can’t be confirmed if the shooting was gang-related, McKnight says the victim was likely living a gang lifestyle.

“We do believe though that he’s most likely living a gang lifestyle based upon his clothing, and based upon his visible tattoos that he had, that are indicative of being a member of a gang,” McKnight says.

He explains, “Basically everyday is some type of gang suppression that we do in the city of Fresno, especially within the districts.”

He says last year, officers took nearly 1,800 guns off the streets, but admits there’s still more work to do.

“(We are) doing as much as we can to arrest them, get them prosecuted,” McKnight says.

The Homicide Unit is asking anyone with information regarding this shooting to contact the Fresno Police Department at 559-621-7000.

Anyone calling with information can remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP. You may also contact Fresno Police Department Homicide detectives Melanie Mayo at 559-621- 2421 or Dan Laband at 559-621- 2448.

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