Police are searching for a man who they say shot another man in the head Thursday morning during a fight at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and California Avenue in southwest Fresno.
Fresno police Lt. Joe Gomez said officers arrived at 11 a.m. to find an African American man in his 20s with a gunshot wound to his forehead. He was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center, where he is in serious condition.
Gomez said the victim was standing in front of a liquor store on the intersection’s southwest corner when a black Dodge Durango with tinted windows and chrome wheels stopped in front of him. The driver stepped out of his SUV and began fistfighting with the victim. At one point, the Durango’s passenger also left the SUV and fought with the victim.
The driver and passenger then went back into the Durango. The victim approached the driver’s side window, Gomez said, and someone – probably the driver – fired one shot into the victim’s head.
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Police are searching for the Durango and its occupants. The driver was described as an African American man in his 40s with dreadlocks and wearing a gray T-shirt and blue jeans. Witnesses said the passenger was an African American man in his 20s.
Gomez said detectives are reviewing surveillance footage that captured the shooting, which does not appear to be gang-related. Investigators believe the victim had recently been in a fight with the Durango driver’s relative, so the two men likely knew each other before the shooting.
Nearby Edison High School was not put on lockdown, Fresno Unified officials said.