Eight gang-related shootings over the past 11 days in Fresno involved black gangs, and detectives recently solved three cases, which is helping to stem the trend of violence, Fresno police Lt. Mark Salazar said Thursday.
Detectives worked diligently to identity and arrest a 16-year-old who allegedly fired shots at a rival gang member on a Fresno FAX bus shortly before noon Jan. 13. No one was struck by the gunfire. In a second case, suspect Jesse Stevens, 24, was arrested for allegedly shooting a rival member, whose injuries were not life-threatening, on Feb. 8 on 3400 block of North Marks Avenue in central Fresno.
Detectives also recently solved a Jan. 17, 2014 shooting in the area of Effie Street and Pontiac Way in central Fresno. Detectives arrested gang member Jarvis Richerson, 21, for allegedly shooting at an opposing gang and striking three vehicles. No one was struck by the gunfire, but people were inside two of the struck vehicles.
On Thursday, Salazar said total violent crime in Fresno is down 5.4% since the start of the year.