Terra Bella man gunned down in street; two arrested

A Terra Bella man was shot and killed early Sunday and two men were arrested a short time later, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department reported.

The victim was identified as Alex Ballesteros, 38. In custody are Isidro Gomez, 22, and Alfred Gomez, 19.

A sheriff’s spokesman said the shooting occurred at 12:37 a.m. near Avenue 92 (Cypress Avenue) and Road 248.

Deputies found Ballesteros dead from a gunshot wound to the head. They located a 17-year-old who reported he and Ballesteros were walking along Cypress Avenue when the suspects drove up and began shouting gang slurs. One man stepped out of the vehicle and shot Ballesteros. He also fired at the victim but missed.

Detectives identified and arrested the suspects on charges of murder and attempted murder.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call detectives at 559-733-6218.