One person is in custody after a homeless man was hit by gunfire apparently aimed at another person Monday afternoon in Fresno’s Courthouse Park.
The shooting took place about 1:35 p.m., according to Fresno County sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti, who said it was fortunate that the violence occurred on a day that the courthouse was closed for the Lincoln’s birthday holiday. The victim, who was hit in the upper torso, was conscious as he was sped to Community Regional Medical Center.
Botti said sheriff’s dispatchers received reports of the shooting, which took place south of the Fresno Area Express Terminal on Fresno Street, east of Van Ness Avenue, as detectives inside the sheriff’s headquarters heard the gunfire. Other detectives saw the end of the shooting and were able to take the suspect into custody near the courthouse breezeway. Two other people who detectives believe may be connected were also arrested. The weapon was also recovered.
Botti said it is not known if the shooting was gang-related, but detectives do not think it was random. Surveillance cameras are being checked.
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Fresno police also responded to the incident and helped cordon off the shooting area. Police officers detained about five people near M and Merced streets, in front of the jail, a short time after the shooting, and were determining whether they were connected to the violence.