An 18-year-old man was shot Dec. 30 after he laughed at a gang member who confronted him at a park behind Fashion Fair mall in central Fresno.
Fresno police arrived to Cary Park, just behind Fashion Fair mall, around 4:13 p.m. and found a victim with a non-lethal gunshot wound to the shoulder, police said.
The victim told officers he and his brother left Fashion Fair and walked to the park to play basketball. His brother was approached by the three suspects near the park bathrooms.
Police said the victim stepped in front of the suspects after they asked his brother which gang he belonged to.
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The victim was told to strip and thought they wanted to rob him. He refused and one of the suspects pulled a handgun and struck him in the face, police said.
The victim taunted the armed suspect saying it didn’t hurt and laughed at him. He was shot after the gang member tried to hit him with the gun again, police said.
The assailants then fled west toward Fresno Street.