Man fatally shot, crashes in central Fresno, Fulton St. closed

The Fresno BeeJanuary 30, 2014 

A man who crashed Thursday afternoon into the rear of a pickup on Fulton Street in central Fresno was critically injured because he had been shot, Fresno police Lt. Herman Silva said.

Silva said the shooting victim, described as a Hispanic man in his 20s, later died of at least two gunshot wounds. A Fresno police detective said the man died at Community Regional Medical Center.

Police discovered the shooting victim when investigating the crash scene. Silva said a dark blue Dodge Neon driven by the shooting victim had exited Highway 180 at Fulton Street about 2 p.m. and then crashed into the rear of a red pickup that was waiting at a red light. The middle-aged pickup driver told police that he was injured, but his injuries appeared minor, Silva said.

The compact then careened into a pole, knocking it down.

The Neon driver was unconscious and bleeding, and police soon discovered several gunshots through the passenger side of the car, Silva said.

Police don't know if the shooting occurred on Highway 99 or Highway 180 or some other location, Silva said. The shooting definitely was not random, he said.

Fulton Street remained closed until investigators could complete their work at the scene. The street was not expected to reopen until midnight or 1 a.m. Friday, he said. Investigators also were checking freeways for evidence.

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