A man suspected of killing his stepfather, a dog and wounding four others on Friday night in southeast Fresno – including a baby – has been identified, said Tony Botti of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.
Kyle Holaday, 26, was booked into the Fresno County Jail on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and animal cruelty. Detectives say a preliminary investigation shows Holaday suddenly opened fire inside the home in the 300 block of South Villa Avenue around 7 p.m. on Friday, killing his stepfather, James Willcoxson, 60.
Holaday is a former member of the military and lived in the home where the shootings took place, Botti said.
Four others were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds. Holaday’s mother, 58, is still in stable condition. Two 28-year-old female friends of the mother’s also were wounded; one had been released and the other is in critical but stable condition. The 5-month-old daughter of the woman who was released also was able to leave the hospital, Botti said. The baby suffered a graze to her ear.
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The family’s dog also was fatally shot, Botti said.
Ten minutes after police responded to the home on Friday, officers were called to the area of Kings Canyon Road and Lind Avenue where they found Holaday had been hit by a pickup. Botti said Holaday ran into traffic while trying to flee the scene. He was then arrested.
The home is on a county island, which is why the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office has taken control of the investigation.
This marks the fourth homicide of 2017 for the Sheriff’s Office, Botti said.