A murder complaint has been filed against a Fresno man suspected of shooting his brother’s girlfriend to death by mistake three months ago.
The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office is charging Eladio Cisneros Zambrano, 35, of Fresno, for the April 19 early-morning shooting death of Sierra Kendra Berg, 23, of Fresno. Berg was coming to Zambrano’s home in the 4700 block of East Hedges Avenue to visit his brother when she was fatally shot.
In addition to the murder count, the district attorney’s complaint alleges that Zambrano also shot into an occupied vehicle, possessed a firearm as a felon, possessed ammunition as a prohibited person and discharged a firearm with gross negligence that could cause injury or death.
Fresno police Lt. Dave Madrigal said Zambrano saw Berg’s vehicle and fired at it, mistaking it for the vehicle of a rival he thought was coming to his home to harm him because of a disturbance in the neighborhood the previous day.
In its complaint, the District Attorney’s Office also filed a charge against Zambrano for an assault against another man the day before the shooting.
Zambrano had previous convictions in 2011 and 2014, the District Attorney’s Office complaint said.
Zambrano, a gang member, was booked into Fresno County Jail on unrelated charges in April. He has been there ever since.
Following a police investigation, detectives submitted the case to the district attorney’s office.
Madrigal said detectives provided DNA and physical evidence to establish the case against Zambrano.
“It was mistaken identity,” Madrigal said. “He made a mistake, discharged a firearm into her vehicle and it killed her … It appears the intended target was somebody else.”
Zambrano is in Fresno County Jail. His bail is $2.36 million.