FRESNO, California.- Today Police Chief Jerry Dyer held a press conference detailing the gang-related shooting that sent 5-year-old William to the hospital.
Dyer said the shooting happened around 8 p.m., outside an apartment complex on North Winery and Yale.
He said a woman was picking up her 2-year-old son from the father Tim Cook when a group of men started shooting at him. One of the bullets hit the woman’s 5-year-old son, who was sitting in the back seat of the car.
“At least, 25 rounds were fired in rapid succession and those bullets ultimately struck a 5-year-old boy,” said Dyer.
The bullet went through the child’s chest. He is in stable and guarded condition in the ICU.
Dyer did confirm the boys father is a gang member.
“We do know shots were fired directly at Tim Cook and the individual who was with him,” said Dyer.
Dyer said another man was with Cook but has not been identified and the parents of William are reluctant to talk to police. According to the investigation, that man dropped the family off at CRMC and then drove off with the mother’s car, which is still missing.
The car is a 2004 Blue Honda Accord with the license plate 5UXV605.
“I gotta believe that someone out there has information regarding this shooting and if they are not willing to provide information that would help us determine who shot a 5-year-old in our city, I don’t know how they sleep at night,” said Dyer.
No arrests have been made but Dyer said officers are following several leads.
This is one of several high-profile shootings in the past month including a 10-month-old that was shot in the head near the end of June. That infant is recovering.
Then, on the 4th of July, a man was shot and killed after more than 50 rounds were fired at a party.
Dyer made it clear he plans on making sure this cycle of crime ends.
“It’s gotta stop and at some point, these gang members have to realize they are endangering innocent people and children,” said Dyer. “It could be their own family.”