LEMOORE — After getting shot early Wednesday morning, a man in Lemoore drove himself to Fastrip and was able to describe the men who shot him to officers. Later that morning, police put a school on lockdown when the shooting suspects fled from police.
At around 3 a.m., Lemoore police officers said they were dispatched to the 1000 block of North Lemoore Avenue for a report of five or six males fighting. They said the caller also reported hearing a gun shot.
As the officers were on their way, dispatch advised them that a gunshot victim was at Fastrip in Lemoore.
Officers arrived at Fastrip and said they found a 29-year-old male with a gunshot wound to his lower body.
The victim was conscious and able to talk to the officers, they said. He was then transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment.
The victim told officers he had been in the 1000 block of Janine Way when two males approached him and demanded his valuables, police said. A fight ensued, during which the victim was shot one time.
The suspects fled on foot and the victim drove himself to Fastrip.
At around 7:45 a.m., Lemoore officers said they were dispatched to the 900 block of Fox Street regarding two suspicious subjects in the area.
As officers arrived and attempted to contact the two males, they said they recognized them as possibly being involved in the shooting earlier that morning.
Both males, Beunju Moon, 35, and Ricardo "Ricky" Cervantes, 24, both from Lemoore, fled from officers into the adjacent neighborhood.
As these subjects were possibly armed, Lemoore police officers said they contacted Liberty Middle School and had the school lock down the campus to ensure that students and staff were safe.
A search of the area was conducted with the assistance of the Kings County Gang Task Force, Kings County Sheriff’s Department and the Kings County Probation Department, officials said.
Officers said Moon was located in the 1000 block of Hanover Avenue, where he was taken into custody without further incident.
Officers said they continued to search the area and located Cervantes in an apartment complex in the 900 block of Fox Street. He was also taken into custody without further incident.
Officers said they continued to search the area for any items discarded by the suspects and recovered a handgun, ammunition and personal identifying items belonging to Moon and Cervantes.
Once the Lemoore Police Department was confident that all suspects had been arrested, they said the lock down at Liberty Middle School was lifted.
The school was locked down for approximately 19 minutes.
Officials said the suspects were interviewed, transported and booked into the Kings County Jail.
Moon was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine. His bail was set at $575,000.
Cervantes was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, robbery and parole hold. He is being held without bail.
Lemoore Police Department is asking anyone with information about this incident to call the department at 924-9574.