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Their car was stuck on the tracks, then a gunman opened fire, killing driver

One slain, one wounded in early morning robbery

One person was slain and a second wounded early Friday, May 24, 2019 when they tried to flee a robbery in east central Fresno.
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One person was slain and a second wounded early Friday, May 24, 2019 when they tried to flee a robbery in east central Fresno.

One man was gunned down and a second wounded early Friday after their car became trapped on railroad tracks and they were confronted by at least one gunman, possibly bandits, Fresno police reported.

The slaying took place about 3 a.m. at East Floradora Avenue and Eleventh Street, according to Homicide Sgt. Chris Serrano. The victim was identified Friday afternoon by the Fresno County Coroner’s Office as Manuel Hernandez Lopez, 24.

The homicide is the 20th in Fresno in 2019.

Lt. Bill Dooley initially reported that Lopez and the other man along with two females were driving in the neighborhood when their car somehow became stuck on the tracks, which divide Floradora. That’s when they were confronted by at least one gunman.

The driver, Lopez, was able get the car off the tracks and attempted to speed away north on Eleventh when gunfire erupted. The car came to a stop at Eleventh and Home Avenue, where the 38-year-old man, who was wounded in the leg, and the two females ran from the car to a nearby apartment to seek help. The occupant of the apartment called 911. Arriving emergency workers found Lopez, dead in the car.

An extensive crime scene was established in the neighborhood as detectives scoured streets for evidence. Serrano said detectives are reviewing video surveillance and interviewing witnesses.

Anyone with information about the slaying is asked to call detective Miguel Alvarez at 559-621-2441 or detective Victor Miranda at 559-621-2452. To remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers can also be called at 559-489-7867.

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