A shooting suspect was taken into custody Tuesday morning just minutes after a man was wounded by gunfire in southwest Fresno.
The shooting took place in the 400 block of West Valencia Avenue, near Fruit and California Avenues, where the victim was struck by a bullet as he was walking down the street, according to Capt. Mark Salazar. The 25-year-old victim is expected to survive after he was rushed to a hospital. Salazar said a special gun crimes team arrived within two minutes. One officer stayed with the victim, while a second followed the fleeing suspect, who was stopped, along with his mother, in a car on California.
Salazar the shooting appears to have followed a dispute between the two, but although at least one of the men has gang affiliations, police do not fear a retaliation shooting because the argument was “internal” in nature, and not gang-related.
The officers who arrived were assigned to the area following an uptick in shootings. Salazar said that while there were six shootings in the previous month, there were six there last week, which prompted police to focus on tamping down the spike.
The name of the suspect and the charges he faces were not immediately available.