Crime

Baby escapes apparent Fresno gang shooting with minor injuries

An 11-month-old baby escaped an apparent gang-related shooting Thursday morning with only minor injuries from breaking car window glass, Fresno police said.

But, Lt. Joe Gomez said, a 27-year-old gang member driving the car away from an apartment complex west of Highway 99 did suffer a minor gunshot wound.

Gomez said the shooting happened about 10:40 a.m. at the Apple Creek Apartments on Polk Avenue just south of Shaw Avenue. Officers responded to a report of at least 15 shots fired.

Gomez described what the 27-year-old and witnesses said happened: The gang member was leaving the apartment complex in his Pontiac and saw a man standing next to a Cadillac on the street. That man ran up to the Pontiac and started shooting into the car; all of the rear windows were shot out.

Both the 27-year-old, with the baby in his car, and the shooter drove away. The 27-year-old stopped at a Shaw Avenue gas station where officers caught up to him. He was grazed by a gunshot on his upper back but otherwise unhurt.

The shooter is described as an African-American man in his 20s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 160 pounds, with dreadlocks. Anyone with information about the shooter is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP.

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