Crime

Fresno police hunt gunman who killed two in upscale northeast neighborhood

Flowers were placed at the scene of a double murder Friday morning in the 10000 block of Grouse Run. Two men in their 20s were shot to death there Thursday night.
Flowers were placed at the scene of a double murder Friday morning in the 10000 block of Grouse Run. Two men in their 20s were shot to death there Thursday night. The Fresno Bee

Fresno police detectives continued their hunt Friday for the gunman who shot two men to death Thursday night in an upscale neighborhood in northeast Fresno.

Police did not release any new information about the suspect or a possible motive Friday morning. The gun violence, a rarity in the neighborhood near Woodward Park, took place shortly after 8 p.m. in the 10000 block of Grouse Run, where the two victims were found by neighbors lying in the street and on a nearby sidewalk.

They were identified Friday afternoon by the Fresno County Coroner’s Office as Brennen Julian Fairhead, 21, and Scott Gaffney, 21, both of Fresno.

By Friday morning, someone had placed flowers on the sidewalk at the shooting scene, the only apparent sign of the violence that took place there the night before.

Kristin Brewer, who lives in the neighborhood, arrived home shortly after the shooting occurred. Friday, she found it hard to imagine the deadly scene happened in the neighborhood, where private security vehicles cruise the streets.

When she arrived home Thursday night, however, 15 to 20 SWAT officers were combing the streets and a loudspeaker was ordering any suspect to surrender. Her roommates, who arrived in the area later, were not allowed into the crime scene as the investigation continued. Later, Brewer said she tried to go back outside, but “a man with a huge gun told me to get back inside.”

Brewer said she encountered the neighbor who first found the shooting victims a short time after a series of gunshots rang out.

“He was still sobbing,” she said. “He could hardly speak.”

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