Fresno police make arrest in fatal shooting near Woodward Lake

Fresno Police Chief Dyer gives an update regarding the Woodward Lakes double homicides. Thumbnail

UPDATE: Friday, December 15, 2017 - A man is now behind bars in connection with a double murder in northeast Fresno Thursday night.

Fresno police chief Jerry Dyer say's they arrested Gary Perry who confessed to the murders after being questioned about the shootings...

that happened just after 8:00 pm Thursday night in the Woodward lake area of northeast Fresno.

Neighbors called police after hearing gunshots, when police got there they found the bodies of two men who were identified today as Brennen Fairhead and Scott Gaffney.

Fresno police chief Jerry Dyer in a news conference today said the three knew each other and were hanging out when Perry shot Fairhead in the back of his car then shot Gaffney outside the car.

Dyer says Perry took off in that car but was spotted at a restaurant and later identified from a surveillance video.


The Fresno County Sheriff's Office released the names of the two victims in Thursday night's double homicide.

They are 21-year-old Brennen Julian Fairhead and 21-year-old Scott Gaffney, both from Fresno.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fresno Police Department.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Two 20-year-old men are dead after a shooting in the Woodward Lake area in Northeast Fresno, according to Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.

It happened just after 8:00 p.m. on Thursday 1000 block of Grouse Run.

Chief Dyer says the received a call of at least seven to eight shots fired in that area and officers responded immediately.

When police arrived on scene, they found a 20-year-old White male and a 20-year-old African American male dead in the street.

Chief Dyer says the two shooting victims and another person were hanging out when one of them opened fire.

Dyer believes that they are acquaintances of some sort and were seen in the area earlier in the evening.

Police do have a shooting suspect they are looking for and a good description of the person's car but will not release that information at this time.

Chief Dyer says a shooting like this is rare in Woodward Lakes and that it's usually a very safe area.

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