FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — Officers responded to downtown Fresno Saturday afternoon after receiving a report of a man with a gunshot wound aboard a Fresno Area Express bus, according to the Fresno Police Department.
The incident was reported to law enforcement around 1 p.m. when a 37-year-old black man boarded the bus in the area of Van Ness Avenue and Fresno Street, Lt. Carl McKnight said. Officers arrived and found the man with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.
The bullet struck the back of his head and was lodged into the left front of his skull, the police department said.
McKnight said the victim was conscious, breathing and was able to walk and talk.
The bus was stopped in the middle of the street while officers tried to piece together what happened.
McKnight said officers do not know how long he was walking around the area while the victim was suffering from the wound.
A relative of the victim told police that they received a text message saying they saw them walking around downtown bleeding from the head.
McKnight said police received that report at the same time as the FAX bus driver reported the victim to authorities.
The victim was transported to Community Regional Medical Center for treatment and is listed in stable condition.
Mcknight said the investigation is ongoing. Authorities are investigating multiple ShotSpotter calls in the city to see if they are related to the victim.
Police are asking the public if they heard an argument and a gunshot recently or if they have any information on how the victim was shot to call them at 559-621-7000.