Fresno Police crackdown on gangs after violent weekend leaves two dead, five injured


Fresno Police are searching for several suspects after four separate shootings over the weekend.

Police say three of the shootings are gang related.

According to police, the latest shooting occurred early Sunday morning at The Parks At Fig Garden apartment complex, near Ashlan and Fruit, that left two people dead.

Chief Jerry Dyer says warmer weather usually means more gang activity here Fresno.

But he says both their M.A.G.E.C. and special response teams are upping their game to make sure there is no retaliation from any of the weekend shootings.

There were bullet holes and shattered glass, and more than 100 evidence markers on the ground.

It’s all remnants of a deadly shooting that happened at this apartment complex..

“The shooting really stemmed from people being parked in a parking lot, told to leave by what we believe to be gang members and as they were preparing to leave two people opened up with gunfire on them,” Dyer says.

Police say there were 5 people in the car, 3 who were shot. The driver lost control and drove through a wall, into a canal.

Dyer says two of those three victims died. 20-year-old Brian Maxey and 19-year-old Kiara Austin.

Together the two had a 7-month-old baby girl. Austin also had 3-year-old twin boys.

“A senseless act of violence, two people dead, both of them parents and now children having to grow up in this world without their mom and dad,” Dyer expressed.

He says this year there has been four murders in Central Fresno, including Austin and Maxey.

“Three of those murders have occurred at The Parks apartment,” Dyer says.

He says they are working with the apartment company to increase police presence, possibly having an officer patrolling the grounds.

Dyer says warmer weather tends to bring more gang activity.

“We went from 7,200 calls the prior week to over 8,000 this last week ,” he says.

Police still searching for the suspects. Anyone with information on either of these three shootings is asked to call Fresno Police Sgt. Todd Turney at 559-621-2420.

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