One man was shot shortly after 9:30 p.m. Sunday during what may have been an attempted robbery of El Nuevo Paraiso Taqueria at 3602 E. Butler Ave. in Fresno.
The man is expected to survive, Lt. Joe Gomez said Monday. Fresno police officers chased a possible suspect vehicle and detained two juvenile suspects, Gomez said. Two other juveniles are still being sought. Police recovered a revolver from the suspect vehicle.
Gomez said it appeared the juveniles tried to rob the Mexican restaurant and in the process shot the restaurant’s owner.
Witnesses told police that two suspects demanded money from the man. When he said he didn’t have any, one robber pulled a handgun. The man struggled with the robber and was shot once, police said Monday afternoon.
The suspects fled in a white car that had four people inside, and a witness followed and called 911. Two of the occupants bailed out of the car, and it continued to drive off with two others inside. Police soon began chasing the car, which then stopped at Third Street and Balch Avenue. Two juveniles ran from the car but were soon caught. They were booked in Fresno County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
Police are still trying to identify the two remaining suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call detective Dan Messick at (559) 621-2423 or Crime Stoppers at 9559) 498-STOP.