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22-year-old standing outside apartments shot in back, dies at hospital, police say

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A 22-year-old man was killed Friday night after he was shot with a sawed-off shotgun while standing outside apartments in southeast Fresno, police say.

Officers, firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene on Second Street, south of Butler Avenue and west of Orange Avenue, at 11 p.m. The man had a gunshot wound to his lower back.

He was talking to paramedics and officers as he was taken to Community Regional Medical Center and into surgery, but he died around 1 a.m., according to Fresno Police Lt. Bill Dooley.

Dooley said the person who was standing with the man outside a garage when he was shot told police that a black Honda, possibly a Civic or Accord, pulled up into the driveway. Three men got out, one with a sawed-off shotgun.

Words were exchanged and the suspect fired two rounds from the gun.

The three men got back into the car and drove north on Second Street, Dooley said. The shooter is described as Hispanic, with tattoos on his arms and wearing a black T-shirt.

The victim was identified Tuesday by the Fresno County Coroner’s Office as Anthony Sanchez Fresno.

“Sanchez is not a gang member and was not involved in any criminal activity at the time of the shooting,” police said in a news release Tuesday. “This was a senseless shooting that endangered the lives off all the residents who reside at the apartment complex.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fresno Police Department at 559-621-7000.

Ashleigh Panoo: 559-441-6010, @AshleighPanoo
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