Fresno police seek information on two Saturday night shootings

The Fresno BeeApril 20, 2014 

Police are investigating two unrelated Saturday night shootings in central Fresno.

Sgt. Michael Smith said police are still searching for suspects in both cases, the first involving a 34-year-old man who was shot in the chest, the second involving a man who was shot in the arm.

Smith said the 34-year-old, who is a gang member and has a history of theft and selling drugs, was shot at the Peppertree Apartments complex on the 2000 block of East Pontiac Way. He was dropped off and treated at Community Regional Medical Center, but was uncooperative when police asked for details about who took him there -- or who shot him.

Officials are also seeking information about a shooting around 6:15 p.m. near the 2600 block of North Blackstone Avenue.

Smith said officers first responded to reports of a man flashing gang signs and interfering with traffic near Shields and Blackstone avenues. They couldn't find him, but later found a man matching the report's description near Weldon and Blackstone avenues.

The man had been shot in the arm, but told police several conflicting stories about how he got the injury.

Officials were able to follow his blood trail to a used car lot, where they interviewed witnesses who said the shooting victim was arguing with someone driving a black SUV before they heard one gunshot. Police said its unclear whether the person in the SUV fired the shot.

"Because the victim gave several different accounts as to what happened, we don't know if he shot himself or if indeed somebody did shoot him," Smith said. "That case is unsolved and ongoing."

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6412, or @hannahfurfaro on Twitter.

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