A gang member was arrested Friday for allegedly shooting a 16-year-old boy in the leg in southwest Fresno last month, police said.
Luis Leon, 20, of Fresno confessed to shooting the boy, who was not named, on Dec. 18 at a gas station on the 2100 block of South Elm Avenue, said Fresno police Lt. Mark Salazar, commander of the department’s Street Violence Section. The boy was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital.
Salazar said the 16-year-old victim was “jumped” into a gang over a year ago.
“He was expelled from a traditional high school and is reportedly being home schooled,” Salazar said. “Leon is currently not employed and does not attend school. As Chief Jerry Dyer expressed at the end of 2014, gang-related shootings and violence are not just a police problem.”
Salazar said the boy was walking with two gang members, rivals of Leon’s gang, when Leon spotted them and started shooting. Detectives learned a drive-by shooting was planned at Leon’s home, located on the 2100 block of South Nicholas Avenue in southeast Fresno, and quickly secured a search warrant for Leon’s arrest, Salazar said. Police found a loaded revolver at his home.
Salazar said there has been fewer shootings so far this year than there were during the first weeks of 2014 and 2013.
So far this year, Salazar said, there have been three shootings, one of them gang-related. During the same period last year, the police department responded to 11 shootings, six of them gang-related. And during the first weeks of 2013, there were 18 shootings, 11 of them gang-related.