Reedley homicide believed to be gang-related

REEDLEY — A 17-year-old male was killed in Reedley on Saturday in what police believe was a gang-related crime.

Gang Shooting

The Reedley Police Department received a 911 call in the early morning hours of March 27 reporting a male who appeared to be suffering from a gunshot wound on the 400 block of S. Sunset Avenue. The caller indicated that the victim had walked onto his property, according to the police department.

Officers responding to the call found a 17-year-old male with a gunshot wound. Emergency medical personnel airlifted the victim to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, but he succumbed to his injuries later that morning, according to the department.

No arrests have been made in the shooting. Reedley detectives believe a red Honda and a dark colored newer model Toyota or Nissan may be involved.

“This is believed to be a gang-related crime at this time,” said Reedley Police Department Sgt. Robert Sherrow.

Because the case is still under investigation, Sherrow could not release information regarding who is believed to be involved individually or possible specific gang affiliations.The day after the homicide on Sunday, a car wash to benefit the victim’s family was interrupted by possible gang activity.

“There were several incidents at the car wash in regards to this incident that were believed to be gang-related per the reporting party,” Sherrow said.

Anyone with any information regarding this homicide or similar incidents in or around Reedley is asked to contact Det. Janie Ortiz of the Reedley Police Department Investigations Unit at (559) 637-4250.

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Elizabeth Warmerdam

Beth Warmerdam is a freelance journalist based out of Reedley. She graduated from Fresno State in 2004 with a BA in print journalism and has worked for several newspapers and magazines. In addition to writing, Beth enjoys being a stay-at-home mom, trying to keep up with her 2-year-old son, Zachary.