Fresno County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the homicide of a man shot to death early Wednesday in a Mendota parking lot.
Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said the incident apparently occurred about 5:30 a.m. near Cecilia’s restaurant in the 2100 block of Seventh Street. The victim was identified as Jose Torres, 50. Torres is a cook at the eatery. The sheriff’s office initially identified him as Jose Tabares.
Witnesses reported that three men fled the area after the shooting.
Mendota police asked the sheriff’s office to take over the case. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (559) 600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.