FRESNO – While most people were focused on the aftermath of the Super Bowl on Sunday night, two Fresno families were left struggling after their loved ones were shot to death.
In separate incidents, two Fresno men were murdered on Sunday. The suspects in the unrelated cases are believed to be gang members and both crimes were totally senseless, authorities said.
Roberto Briseno, 33, was shot after he saw someone breaking into a neighbor’s car. According to the neighbor, Briseno pulled a man out of the car and fought with him before the man took off. The suspects came back quickly, though, and started shooting. Briseno was fatally injured.
In the other incident, 35-year-old Omar Silva was killed at a home in Central Fresno on Hedges and Poplar. The suspects fired several times at close range. Several bullets went through a screen door and Silva was hit. He later died at the hospital.
Authorities say Silva was not the intended target. Neighbors told police that Silva’s brother had been involved in a fight earlier in the day during the Super Bowl. The two people involved in the fight came to the home hours later in search of the brother, who wasn’t home. Their gunfire caught Silva instead.
The suspects in both cases are outstanding. However, cameras in the area captured the suspects in Silva’s murder leaving the scene and police are working to identify them. In Briseno’s case, police have information that an older, small, white car was involved. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 621-7000.
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