Mendota football coach remembers player killed in accidental shooting

Local News

The Fresno County coroner has identified the 12-year-old boy who was killed in an accidental shooting near Firebaugh as Ivan Gomez. 

The shooting happened Sunday afternoon on the 600 block of N. Fairfax Avenue in Fresno County. 
When deputies arrived they found Gomez with a gunshot wound, medics tried to revive him but he was pronounced dead on scene. 

“It’s just a tragic lost for something so senseless,” Madera Cobras Football Coach Daniel Gomez said. 

Gomez said Ivan was a star player in the classroom and outside on the football field. 

“We just see these kids all summer long and we see them around the town and they’re playing other sports. We just want to see them do good,” he said. 

Investigators said that both Ivan Gomez and his 13-year-old friend had access to a handgun but are still trying to figure out how the kids were able to gain access to the .25 caliber semi-automatic, which went off striking Ivan Gomez. 

Both kids were unsupervised during the time of the shooting. 

Fresno County Sheriff Tony Botti said investigators are uncertain if anybody at the home knew the firearm was there.

“We did a record search and the original registered owner to this gun doesn’t have the gun anymore. They said it actually changed hands down the line,” Botti said. 

Investigators said they’re trying to figure out who was the last person to have ownership of the firearm and how did it get to the property. 

Gomez was a 7th grader at Mendota Jr. High School and the school district made sure extra staff were working today. 

“We have mobilized a crisis team here in our district, specifically to Mendota Jr. High School. We have counselors, psychologist available to provide that needed support for students and staff,” Superintendent Paul Lopez said. 

The school district has set up a GoFund me page to help the family with funeral expenses. 

Ivan Gomez GoFundMe Funeral Fundraiser

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