A Dogpound gang member was shot multiple times Friday evening in southwest Fresno, and police are trying to learn if it was related to shots fired eight minutes earlier in a rival neighborhood, Lt. Joe Gomez said.
The 31-year-old man, who police believe is a "shot caller" for the gang, was walking to his SUV outside his home at the intersection of Bardell and Dorothy avenues just before 8 p.m. when a man armed with an assault rifle approached in the darkness and sprayed the vehicle with bullets, Gomez said.
Despite multiple gunshot wounds to his lower body, Gomez said, the victim made it to Jensen and Elm avenues, where someone put him in a car and drove him to Community Regional Medical Center.
Gomez said a shooting call at 7:42 p.m. a little more than a mile away in the area of Belgravia Avenue and Tupman Street may be connected to the shooting. He said the incident was in an area that is controlled by a rival of the Dogpound gang.
It seemed to spark a rolling gunbattle with shots fired between cars that led back to the victim's neighborhood.
It was unclear, Gomez said, if gang members involved in that gunbattle were involved in the 31-year-old's shooting.
The victim, who has not been named, was rushed into surgery at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. His wounds were critical but not life-threatening, Gomez said.
The shooting remains under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.
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