A man who apparently angered two suspected Fresno gang members when he laughed at them was shot in the shoulder Tuesday afternoon in southeast Fresno, police reported.
The shooting took place at 1 p.m. near First Street and Madison Avenue, Lt. Joe Gomez said. But the incident was sparked by an apparently random encounter between the victim and the gunman a few minutes earlier at a shopping center near First Street and Tulare Avenue.
Gomez said the victim and his wife were near a store in the center when they were confronted by two men in their 20s who asked the victim, also in his 20s, if he was a gang member. The victim apparently laughed at the men and said that he was not. This angered the men, who asked him why he was laughing. After the man and his wife came out of a store, they were followed by the pair, and one of the men fired at least one round at the victim, striking him in the shoulder. The victim then chased the suspects east on Madison before police arrived at Seventh Street and called an ambulance for him. The two suspects were detained several blocks away.
The alleged attackers did not have the gun with them when they were detained, and police were searching for it. They were also investigating a bullet hole in a car. The driver told officers he was driving in the area when his vehicle was hit, possibly by a stray bullet fired by one of the suspects.