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Central Fresno neighborhood scene of apparent shootout with no one hit

Police investigate gunfire in central Fresno

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Police are investigating an apparent shootout Friday morning in a central Fresno neighborhood that apparently resulted in no injuries.

Several parked vehicles were hit by gunshots on the 2300 block of East Clay Avenue, south of Olive Avenue and west of Fresno Street. Police believe two parties exchanged gunfire, as about a dozen shells of different calibers were found on opposite sides of the street.

Officers found at least five bullet casings in front of one home. The family living there, a mother and two teenagers, said the shots woke them up, but they did not see anything.

Two other expended rounds were found farther east on Clay Avenue.

A witness told police a black man walking in the neighborhood fired several shots at a black Mercedes driving westbound on Clay before running to a black GMC Yukon SUV. Another black man was driving the SUV and hit two cars as it drove away from the scene. The SUV was last seen near Blackstone and Olive avenues and is believed to be connected to the shooting.

There were no reports of anyone seeking treatment for wounds suffered in the shooting.

Clay Avenue was blocked from Iglesia de Dios (Church of God) near Fresno Street to North Thesta Street during the investigation.

The first 911 call about the shooting was received about 7:45 a.m. Dispatchers relayed reports of a man running from the scene east on Clay Avenue, but that was not confirmed.

Several children wearing backpacks were walking through the neighborhood as police arrived.

A mother pushing a stroller and shepherding four other children hurried across Clay Avenue as police began canvassing the area.

The shooting scene is within a mile of four schools: Webster Elementary and Tehipite Middle to the southeast, Susan B. Anthony Elementary to the west and San Joaquin Memorial High School to the northeast.

Rory Appleton: 559-441-6015, @RoryDoesPhonics

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