Fresno CA driver shot, killed, passenger injured in crash

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A man was shot and killed while driving through downtown Fresno early Saturday, and a passenger was also injured after the car slammed into a parked vehicle.

The shooting took place at 3:20 a.m. on North Maroa and East Clinton avenues.

Several shots were picked up by the Fresno Police Department’s ShotSpotter electronic detection system, Lt. Larry Bowlan said. Officers were told a vehicle had crashed after the shots were fired.

The dark-colored vehicle was repeatedly struck as it headed east on Clinton, Bowlan said, then crashed into the vehicle parked on the north side of the street, east of Maroa .

The man in his 40s was struck once and pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger, described as being in her twenties, was not shot, but she suffered light to moderate injuries in the accident.

She was taken to the Community Regional Medical Center and listed in stable condition. The relationship between the two people was not known.

The man’s death is the 36th homicide of the year in the city of Fresno. There had been 42 so far in 2021.

Several shell casings were found at the intersection, Bowlan said. It is unclear whether the shots came from a passing vehicle or from a person walking down the street or riding a bicycle.

“Nobody has reported to us yet that they were moving east or west and could have been hit by errant gunfire or shells,” Bowlan said.

Detectives are requesting surveillance video and trying to find witnesses, which may help determine what led to the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 559-621-7000.

This story was originally published July 23, 2022 12:09 p.m.

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Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. It covers the Las Vegas Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA, and junior colleges. He has been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.
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