Fresno 20-year-old Arrested for Murder of High School Student
FRESNO – Police arrested the suspect they believe shot and killed an Edison High School student in northwest Fresno on Monday evening.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer announced that the Fresno Police Department arrested 20-year-old Terrance Lee of Fresno for the murder of 18-year-old Marquis Sutton. The two young men were apparently friends.
The incident happened around 7:30 p.m. on Monday inside an apartment at Ashlan and Marks avenues. Lee, Sutton and three other people were inside the apartment when Lee pulled out a small-caliber revolver. Lee emptied all the rounds from the gun but then put one bullet back in. Lee closed the cylinder, spun it, and then pointed the gun at Sutton, according to Dyer.
Lee pulled the trigger, but the chamber was empty. Lee was teasing Sutton and laughing at him, Dyer said.
“As he was pointing the gun at him, other individuals in the room were laughing as well. But not the victim, Marquis Sutton. In fact, Sutton was telling him to knock it off, that it wasn’t funny,” Dyer said.
Lee then spun the cylinder again and fired at Sutton as he walked away. This time a bullet did come out of the chamber and it entered Sutton’s upper back and exited at the right side of his neck.
“This is not an accident,” Dyer said. “This is an intentional act in which the suspect in this case, not only once, but twice pulled the trigger of the firearm while pointing it at Marquis Sutton.”
After Sutton was shot, Lee and another person dragged him out to the sidewalk. Lee ordered everyone at the apartment to tell police that Sutton had been hit by a drive-by shooter, according to Dyer.
Police were called at 7:36 p.m. and Sutton was transported to Community Regional Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at 8:10 p.m.
Lee had no criminal history and the shooting was not gang-related, Dyer said.
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