Multiple random shootings west of Fresno
FRESNO, Calif. (FOX26) —
UPDATE: Thursday, December 21, 2017 - Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims held a news conference to update the public on the random shootings happening in the area west of Fresno.
Sheriff Mims says there has been a total of 10 reports of vehicles hit by gunfire; 8 in Fresno County and 2 in Madera County.
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UPDATE: Friday, December 15, 2017 - Friday morning the Fresno County Sheriff's Department confirmed to FOX 26 News, it has received another report of a random shooting, this time near the City of Kerman.
A driver was on the way to work had what's believed to be a bullet hit the side of his vehicle, which left a large hole.
There were no injuries.
This makes the 7th random shooting.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - There’s a bullet hole in one Madera County driver’s rear passenger seat.
A bullet hole, where his four-year-old daughter would have likely been sitting.
She decided not to ride with her father the afternoon of December 4th.
A second bullet, went in one rear window, and through the other, as the man drove along Highway 145 near Barstow Avenue.
“It’s one of the scariest things you can think of,” says Tony Botti, spokesman for the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.
That car is one of six that have been shot since November 27th on Fresno and Madera County roads.
“You’re going about your business, driving to and from work and next thing you know you’re under siege, bullets are flying through your window,” Botti says.
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Department had announced Friday four random shootings were under investigation.
A fifth driver came forward over the weekend, after realizing her car had also been shot.
She initially thought a rock had shattered her window.
A sixth car was shot Monday, December 11th, at Church and Dickenson.
"We knew this could go one of two ways. Either we put this message out there and it makes the person back off and not want to do it anymore or it maybe makes them want to up their game and instill fear in even more people,” Botti said. “Unfortunately it looks like that's the route they might be taking."
Botti says no vehicle description has been made public because there has not been a description consistent among the victims.
Detectives have recovered different caliber bullets.
Until an arrest is made, more deputies will be patrolling the westside.
They’re also asking drivers to be aware of their surroundings, and look for any drivers who may seem to be swerving or driving with an arm out the window.
“The longer we let this go on, the higher the likelihood someone gets hurt or killed and of course that’s the last thing we want,” Botti said.
Crime Stoppers is now offering a $2,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest. Call (559) 498-STOP with your tips. You can remain anonymous.