San Joaquin Memorial student shot and in critical condition, deputies say

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The hunt is on for suspects after a 17-year-old is gravely injured after being shot during an attempted robbery.

Deputies said the incident happened Sunday night around 11:45, on Sunset, near Van Ness and Rialto.

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The superintendent of San Joaquin Memorial High School tells us Nicholas Kauls is a student and currently enrolled in summer school, getting ready for his senior year.

“We are thinking and praying for him and the family,” Mona Faulkner, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Fresno, said.

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said four teens were hanging out at a house late Sunday night, when two of the teens went out to their car to grab something.

“While they were out there in the car a vehicle pulled up on the street somebody in the car pointed a gun at them basically said give us all your stuff, they refused to do that turned around went running to go back into the house,” Tony Botti with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, said.

That’s when Deputies say the suspect shot at the teens – hitting 17-year-old Kauls.

“It’s just a sad situation it looks like you got these good kids doing normal teenage stuff on a summer night, just wrong place wrong time,” Botti said.

Faulkner said Kauls has been a part of the catholic school system since elementary.

“We’ll make sure the students have the support they need as well as the family,” she said.

Deputies said right now all they know is there were two possible suspects in an SUV.

They said Fresno Police also had reports of attempted robbieries in the Old Fig Garden neighborhood– from Shaw and Fruit to Blackstone and Gettysburg.

School officials said they have counselors on hand for the students.

If anyone has information to call CRIME STOPPER at 498-STOP.

A prayer vigil will be held for Kauls Tuesday at 7 p.m., in the gym at his high school.

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