A 20-year-old tagger was arrested Monday in a shooting last month in southeast Fresno, police say.
Fresno police identified Fermin Lopez of Fresno as the shooter and Reyes Diaz, 21, of Fresno as being involved.
The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office charged Lopez with attempted murder, shooting at a car and gun possession. Diaz was charged for conspiracy and being involved in the shooting.
The shooting occurred just past midnight on April 8. Officers were sent to East Kings Canyon Road and South Peach Avenue in east Fresno after receiving reports of shots fired and a traffic collision, police said. Three people told officers they were shot at, but no one was injured.
Police determined one group was assaulted by another group at a nearby shopping center. The victims left the parking lot and drove onto Kings Canyon Road, where they were met by another car, whose occupants began shooting at them.
Investigators determined that Lopez fired a gun from inside the car at the other vehicle, striking it three times. Two of the occupants ran from the car as it stalled on the roadway. A third person remained inside.
Lopez walked up to the victim’s car and tried to shoot the occupant but was out of bullets. He and Diaz then fled.
On May 12, U.S. marshals, who were assisting Fresno police, searched a home on the 4900 block of East Balch Avenue, where Lopez and Diaz were arrested. Officers found a loaded handgun stolen out of Salinas that belonged to Lopez. It is believed to be the gun used in the April 8 shooting. Investigators determined the shooting stemmed from a conflict between taggers.