HANFORD, California (KSEE/KGPE) – Two people, including a child, were shot at a Hanford gas station early Sunday morning after getting into an altercation, Hanford Police said.
Officers received calls about gunfire at a Chevron gas station at 12th Avenue and Hanford-Armona Road around 1:40 a.m., Cpl. Jason Gustin said.
Emergency crews arrived and located a Ford Mustang that crashed into a poll north of the gas station along 12th Avenue.
Police spokesman Gregory Freiner said they found two victims, a 29-year-old man suffering three gunshot wounds, and a 4-year-old child with a single gunshot wound to the head in the car.
The child’s injury is not life-threatening.
Police learned that the victims were shot as they were leaving a family member’s birthday party, Freiner said. The 29-year-old got into an argument with two suspects inside the gas station and continued outside.
The victim was shot by one of the suspects after he drove toward them with his Mustang.
He continued driving away from the station until crashing into a pole due to the injuries suffered, Freiner said. Witnesses stopped to help the victim and his son before police arrived.
Detectives were able to retrieve surveillance video from the gas station and are asking the public’s help in identifying the two suspects in the shooting.
The shooting is believed to be gang-related. Anyone with information is asked to call Hanford Police Detective Raymond Dias at 559-585-2535.