Man with fatal gunshot found in middle of Orange Cove street

A man in his 20s was found dead in the middle of an Orange Cove street Saturday morning in an apparent homicide, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.

Orange Cove police were called to the 300 block of Ninth Street, near McCord Elementary School, around 5:45 a.m. after two people leaving for work saw a man lying in the middle of the street, Lt. Brent Stalker said.

Paramedics arrived minutes later and declared the man had died from an apparent gunshot wound.

Homicide detectives from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office took over the investigation because of their resources and expertise, Stalker said. Detectives interviewed potential witnesses and crime scene investigators collected evidence.

Detectives spoke with a person who may have heard gunfire nearby around 2 a.m., Stalker said. But it wasn’t reported then because the person wasn’t sure if it was gunfire.

The victim’s name is being withheld pending an autopsy by the coroner’s office.

Anyone with information on the homicide is asked to contact the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office dispatch at 559-600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867.

Paul Schlesinger: 559-441-6659, @PaulSch_Photog