Gunshots in southwest Fresno send two to hospital

The Fresno BeeJune 29, 2014 

Early morning gunfire in southwest Fresno Sunday sent two people to a hospital, including one woman who underwent surgery for critical injuries.

Fresno police reported that the two victims, an 18-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man, were sitting in a Chrysler PT Cruiser in the 400 block of West Eden Avenue, several blocks south of Fresno Chandler Executive Airport, shortly before 3 a.m. As they sat in the car, a second car, described as a small black sedan similar to a Honda Accord with three people inside, pulled up next to them and asked where they were from.

After a heated exchange, a passenger in the back seat of the sedan fired shots into the PT Cruiser, hitting the victims. The woman was shot in the abdomen, while the man was shot in the arm. Both were rushed to Community Regional Medical Center, where police said the woman was in surgery and in critical condition. The man's wounds are not believed to be life-threatening.

As police were at the West Eden scene, two officers in a patrol car spotted a car matching the description of the black sedan a little more than a mile away, near Eldorado and G streets.

When they tried to pull the car over, the driver sped off and drove about a half mile before stopping at Stanislaus and F streets, where the driver and passengers were removed from the car at gunpoint and taken to police headquarters for questioning.

Lt. Joe Gomez said Sunday afternoon the three were later arrested on weapons charges or probation violations, but have not been arrested in connection with the shooting.

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