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Unarmed guard, 25, dies in Fresno Motel 6 shooting

Fresno Police detectives huddle at scene of fatal shooting at Fresno Motel 6. Carl Williams, 25, of Fresno, a security guard that police said was unarmed, was shot and killed amid a dispute with a male visitor and a woman staying there.
Fresno Police detectives huddle at scene of fatal shooting at Fresno Motel 6. Carl Williams, 25, of Fresno, a security guard that police said was unarmed, was shot and killed amid a dispute with a male visitor and a woman staying there. THE FRESNO BEE

A 25-year-old security guard was shot and killed after an argument with a man visiting a woman at a central Fresno motel room, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.

Carl Williams, whose identity was released Saturday by the coroner’s office, was unarmed, according to investigators.

The incident took place about 11 p.m. Thursday at the Motel 6 at North Blackstone and East Ashlan avenues. Dyer said a woman checked into one of the rooms and was then visited by a man.

Per motel policy, visitors must provide identification at the office, and Williams went to the room to enforce that rule. Williams asked the man and the woman to go with him to the motel office, Dyer said, which they did.

But as the two people were walking back to the room, followed by Williams, an argument erupted between the guard and the pair. That’s when the man pulled out a handgun and fired multiple shots, striking Williams.

Police spent hours at the motel Friday morning interviewing witnesses and checking security video, which Dyer said captured the shooting and also shows the suspect firing toward the motel.

No arrests had been reported. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP.

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