A 17-year-old boy was in critical condition with life-threatening injuries after he was stabbed in front of Edison High School during an early Tuesday morning fight in which gunshots were also fired, Fresno police said.
The fight was unrelated to the school, which remained open and classes were held as usual, said police spokesman Lt. Joe Gomez. California Avenue at Tulare Street in front of the school’s main parking lot was closed, however, as police investigated the crime.
Gomez said the fight erupted about 5:40 a.m. and involved two groups of people. Police rushed to the area when the department’s ShotSpotter system detected several gunshots. Officers found the victim on the school campus, directly under the Edison High School sign. He was unconscious and bleeding profusely. Officers administered CPR before an ambulance arrived.
Gomez said the victim had been stabbed in the street in front of the school and ran to the school property before passing out. The victim’s brother, a 27-year-old parolee, was initially uncooperative with officers. Police believe the fight involved the brothers, who may have been waiting to be picked up for field work, and the occupants of a van. Officers initially had little information about the other suspects involved in the fight and do not know who fired the gunshots.
A Foster Farms van, which was driving on California past the school during the disturbance, was hit in the radiator by a bullet, Gomez said.
Fresno Unified Superintendent Michael Hanson arrived on the campus shortly after 7 a..m., and was briefed by police about the incident.