Coalinga police are looking for assailants in a late-night Wednesday shooting that left a child in critical condition.
About 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, police went to the 700 block of East Valley Street to a report of five to eight shots fired at a home, said Chief Michael Salvador.
Inside the home, officers found a 10-year-old boy with a single gunshot wound to his abdomen. The child, an unintended victim, was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno and has undergone emergency surgery, said Salvador.
The boy’s condition was upgraded to stable on Thursday afternoon, Salvador said.
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol sealed off a two-block area around the crime scene for the investigation. Police say that the shots were fired nearby and several people were witnessed running away after the shooting.
No suspect or vehicle descriptions were available.
Coalinga police investigators believe the shooting may be gang-related.
Coalinga police are seeking the public’s help in identify a shooter or shooters. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Coalinga Police Department at 559-935-1525.
The Police Department has established a tip line to receive information on the shooting: 559-935-3206. Callers can remain anonymous.