A series of shootings may be related and Fresno County Sheriff's deputies are warning drivers to be aware of four separate incidents where vehicles have been struck by gunfire.
According to a press release from Sheriff Margaret Mims’ office, there have been four shootings on public roads between Nov. 27 and Dec. 7. Two occurred in Fresno County while the others in Madera County. Injuries were reported in one of the shootings.
The incidents include:
- On Nov. 27 a vehicle traveling on Madera Avenue near Avenue 8 ½ was hit with bullets around 6:45 a.m. No injuries were reported.
- On Dec. 1, a woman was hit with bullets while driving on North Dickenson Avenue near West Shields Avenue around 4:30 p.m. The woman called police and was treated for her non-life threatening injuries.
- On Dec. 4 a vehicle traveling on Madera Avenue near West Barstow Avenue was struck by gunfire around 4:30 p.m. No injuries were reported.
- On Dec. 7 a vehicle traveling on Madera Avenue near Avenue 6 was struck by gunfire around 6:45 a.m. No injuries were reported in this incident.
Detectives do not have a clear description of the suspects or their vehicles. A common thread was the victims’ reports of hearing loud bangs as another vehicle passed them in the opposite direction. After inspecting their vehicles, the drivers also said they later found bullet holes in their vehicles.
Fresno County Sheriff’s detectives and Madera County Sheriff’s detectives are teaming up to identify possible suspects. In the meantime, both offices are warning the public to be aware of these instances and the locations in which they occurred.
Drivers are encouraged to pay attention to their surroundings wherever they are and immediately report dangerous situations, including possible gunfire on the roadways.
Detectives have not determined a motive for the shootings and are considering them to be random.
Anyone with information on any of these or similar cases are asked to contact Sheriff’s dispatchers at 600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at 498-7867. Callers remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.