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Reward for catching random roadway shooter increased to $10,000

Sheriff Mims says catching Westside shooter is top priority 

UPDATE: Thursday, December 28, 2017-- The Fresno County Sheriff's says the reward for catching the random shooter has increased to $10,000, thanks to a $3,000 donation from Harris Farms.

In order to receive this reward, your tip must go to Valley Crime Stoppers by calling (559) 498-7867.

The last reported shooting happened December 17. No shootings have happened since all of the reward increases.

Numerous victims have given deputies the following description of the last vehicle they saw go past them at the time they heard the noise.

- Dark colored pickup truck with an extended cab or crew cab

- Lifted body with over-sized tires

The following is a list of reported shootings to date from the Fresno County Sheriff's Office:

  1. Around 6:45 am on November 27, 2017, a vehicle traveling on Madera Ave. (Hwy. 145) near Avenue 8 ½ was hit with bullets. This is in Madera County. No one in the vehicle was injured.
  2. Around 9:30 pm on November 27, 2017, a vehicle traveling on W. California Ave. near S. Bryan Ave. was hit with bullets. This occurred in Fresno County. No one in the vehicle was injured.
  3. Around 3:30 pm on December 1, 2017, a vehicle traveling on N. Dickenson Ave. near W. Shields Ave. was struck by bullets. This occurred in Fresno County. No one in the vehicle was injured.
  4. Around 4:30 pm on December 1, 2017, a vehicle traveling on N. Dickenson Ave. near W. Shields Ave. was struck by bullets. The driver was also hit. The woman called law enforcement and was treated for her injuries, which were determined to be non-life threatening. This occurred in Fresno County.
  5. Around 4:30 pm on December 4, 2017, a motorist driving on Madera Ave. (Hwy. 145) near W. Barstow Ave. had their vehicle struck by gunfire. This occurred in Fresno County. No one in the vehicle was injured.
  6. Around 6:45 am on December 7, 2017, a vehicle traveling on Madera Ave. (Hwy. 145) near Avenue 6 was struck by gunfire. This is in Madera County. No one in the vehicle was injured.
  7. Around 4:30 pm on December 11, 2017, a motorist driving on Whitesbridge Ave. near Howard Ave. had their vehicle struck by gunfire. This occurred in Fresno County. No one in the vehicle was injured.
  8. Around 5:00 pm on December 11, 2017, a vehicle traveling in the area of Jensen Ave. and Rolinda Ave. was struck by bullets. This occurred in Fresno County. No one in the vehicle was injured.
  9. Around 7:00 am on December 15th, 2017 a motorist drove past a vehicle on Dickenson, near Central Ave. The victim heard a loud noise, drove to their destination and found a bullet hole in their vehicle when they performed an inspection. This occurred in Fresno County. They were not injured.
  10. Around 2:00 pm on December 17th, 2017, a vehicle traveling on Trinity Ave. near Shaw Ave. was struck by bullets. This occurred in Fresno County. No one in the vehicle was injured.

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UPDATE: Friday, December 22, 2017 - The Fresno County Sheriff's Officer says due to the anonymous donation of $3,000 by one of our local community members, the reward has been increased to $7,000.

In order to receive this reward, your tip must go to Valley Crime Stoppers by calling (559) 498-STOP.

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Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims says catching the person shooting at vehicles on the Westside is a top priority for law enforcement. Mims fears the next shooting could be deadly. "If this keeps going, it's gonna be a matter of time before we have a murder investigation and that's what we're trying to avoid."

A who's who of law enforcement behind the sheriff is all committed to catching the person who's been on a shooting rampage since November 27th. We spoke to one of the first victims of the shootings. Two bullets hit his truck. "I was on Jensen heading west onto Dickenson and a black lifted Dodge passed me. That's when I heard the loud bang. It took me awhile to register, to figure out it was gunfire."

The shooter has spread terror in Fresno and Madera counties. Surprisingly only one person has been injured in the ten shootings. The sheriff's office provided us with a 9-1-1 call to the dispatcher. "I think my boss just got shot through the window. Can you send an ambulance? Did she get hit? Yes!" The victim wasn't shot but instead hit by shrapnel from the bullet.


Mims says the biggest challenge for deputies is victims are waiting too long to report a shooting. "Either they will wait until they get to their destination. In some cases they wait up to three days before they report their vehicle has been hit by gunfire."

Mims says no shooting victim has been able to describe a person with the gun. The description of the gunman's vehicle is a dark colored truck with an extended cab or crew cab plus a lifted body with over sized tires.

One shooting victim won't rest until the shooter is caught. "Every car that passes me cause who's to say he's not gonna use another car, I try to stay off the road. It's scary."

So far ten shootings in rural areas of two counties and no pattern to where the next might occur.

Valley Crime Stoppers is now offering a $3,000 reward to the person who provides information to help solve the case.



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