Central Valley

Four people shot in central Fresno

Four people were shot Monday morning by a gunman who fired multiple rounds in the parking lot of an apartment complex in a central Fresno apartment complex, police reported.

An officer rushing to the shooting scene was involved in a minor traffic collision.

The gunfire erupted at 11:48 a.m. at Fountain West Apartments, on the 2300 block of West Fountain Way just north of Shields Avenue and east of Highway 99.

Officers found a 19-year-old woman who had been struck in the lower leg. She was taken by ambulance to Community Regional Medical Center.

Lt. Joe Gomez said that a short time later, officers learned three other male victims had been brought to CRMC -- two in a black Buick and another who walked in through the Clark Street entrance. All three of those victims also had gunshot wounds in their legs. None of the injuries was life-threatening, Gomez said.

Gomez said the crime scene was covered in blood and two vehicles in the lot were also hit by bullets. Witnesses at the scene estimated that they heard 15 gunshots fired. None of the shooting victims cooperated with officers.

The public is being asked to help identify the suspect and anyone with information on his identity is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP (7867) where they can receive up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and remain anonymous.

Gomez said the traffic collision happened at Palm and Shaw avenues. The officer was headed southbound on Palm toward the shooting with his patrol car code lights and siren on. As the officer drove slowly through the intersection at Shaw, an eastbound vehicle failed to yield and clipped the patrol car, spinning it around.

Gomez said no one was hurt in the collision and damage was limited to the two vehicles. There was no immediate word if the other driver would be cited for a traffic violation.