Crime

Authorities suspect gang retaliation after five shot outside Malaga home

A Fresno County sheriff’s investigator surveys the scene outside the Malaga home where five people were shot Sunday night, Nov. 12.
A Fresno County sheriff’s investigator surveys the scene outside the Malaga home where five people were shot Sunday night, Nov. 12. lvalenzuela@fresnobee.com

Five people were shot Sunday evening at a home in Malaga. A Fresno County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said none of the five suffered life-threatening injuries.

The shooting happened on Calvin Avenue near Ward Avenue. Cristo Rey Catholic Church, just east of Chestnut Avenue and a pillar in the unincorporated community just south of Fresno, is two doors down.

Sgt. Brad Gattie said investigators believe the shooting was retaliation for a fight that happened around noon Sunday between a few people at nearby Malaga Park. Gattie said investigators suspect the shooting is gang-related. The victims weren’t immediately identified, but bystanders said they were young.

The shooting happened around 6 p.m. Deputies found three victims inside the home and two victims outside the home, Gattie said.

Witnesses told investigators that a passenger stepped out of a small black car that pulled up in front of the home and shot the five victims who were all outside at the time.

Investigators hadn’t found bullet casings so they could not determine what kind of gun was used.

Neighbors and family members were standing outside the home but not willing to speak to media.

There was no service at the church at the time of the shooting.

Larry Valenzuela: 559-441-6084, @larryvalwork

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