Man shot to death near Fresno liquor store

A 52-year old man is dead following a shooting in southeast Fresno on Sunday night.

Police responded to a call of multiple shots fired in the area of Halloway Avenue near Jensen Avenue around 8:30 p.m. and found the man lying on the sidewalk, according to Lt. Charlie Chamalbide with the Fresno Police Department.

The victim was identified Tuesday by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office as Alejo Armenta of Fresno.

He suffered multiple shots at close range from two handguns and died at Community Regional Medical Center.

Police retrieved several handgun rounds at the scene, Chamalbide said.

The motive for the violence was not immediately clear. They believe it may be connected to a disturbance at a liquor store in the area.

Fresno police provided an update Wednesday, announcing they have two “persons of interest” in custody on unrelated charges.

“We are also asking anyone with information regarding the handguns and suspect vehicle, described as a mid-size green SUV, to please call,” police said.

Tips can be made anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP (7867), where information leading to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward. Information can also be shared by calling Fresno police homicide detectives Melanie Mayo at 559-621-2421 or Ben Barnes at 559-621-2445. The Fresno police case number is 19-26352.

“This was a violent and senseless murder and showed a complete disregard for human life,” police wrote in a news release. “Alejo was beloved in the community, was not a gang member and was not involved in any gang or criminal activity. Alejo was shot for no reason as he was simply in front of 2579 S. Holloway.”