Shooting in southeast Fresno puts man in surgery

The Fresno BeeJune 29, 2014 

A shooting in southeast Fresno on Sunday afternoon landed a man in surgery in critical condition, and police have only scant clues about a suspect.

Fresno police Lt. Joe Gomez said the shooting was reported shortly before 3:30 in an alley north of Belmont Avenue between Second and Fisher streets -- an alley known to police as a popular "party" hangout for drinking and drug use.

Officers found the victim, a 43-year-old man, lying in the alley with multiple gunshot wounds to his chest. The victim was drinking beer with other people and got into a dispute with another man, who pulled a gun and shot the victim, Gomez said. The man was taken to Community Regional Medical Center, where he was undergoing surgery and was believed to be in critical condition.

Gomez said that no witnesses have come forward except for one person who told the first arriving officers that the shooter was driving an older, black Ford F150 pickup. "We have seen that vehicle in this area today (on video policing cameras)," Gomez said, "and we believe it frequents this neighborhood."

Anyone with information on the shooting suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP, where they can receive up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and remain anonymous.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6319, or @tsheehan on Twitter.

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