Gunshots fired in a parking lot at Fresno’s Fashion Fair mall Monday night took place after a disturbance in the mall between two groups of men, police reported Tuesday.
Monday night, police reported the incident was a drive-by shooting which took place in the lot.
But after additional investigation, Lt. David Madrigal of the Street Violence Section said the shooting broke out after a fracas inside the mall. Police working in the mall broke up the verbal dispute about 7:40 p.m. and the parties were asked to leave. A short time later, Madrigal said, an “unidentified suspect” shot at some other men in the lot with a large-caliber handgun. At least one vehicle was hit by bullets.
Madrigal said detectives are reviewing video footage and seeking to interview potential witnesses.
Fashion Fair’s mall disturbance comes as fights have broken out at malls across America. It is not clear whether all of these fights were sparked by a common cause.
Anyone with information on the Fashion Fair disturbance is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.