Fresno police believe that a fight between members of two rival southwest Fresno gangs at Fashion Fair Mall last weekend prompted a fatal shooting Monday night in southwest Fresno.
Toma Threat, 19, was shot near the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and California Avenue when a gunman got out of a white vehicle and opened fire. That followed the fight at Fashion Fair, which received widespread viewership on social media. A male who was apparently knocked unconscious during the brawl is visible at the end of the video.
Lt. Mark Salazar of the department’s Street Violence Section said that likely prompted the deadly response.
“It was retaliation,” he said. “It makes them (members of one of the gangs) look bad to see a guy laid out like that.”
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Police continue to hunt for those responsible. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.