FRESNO – Two suspects were arrested for shooting at a homeless encampment, killing one man and injuring another.
On Monday evening, the Fresno Police Department arrested 35-year-old Raymond Snowden and 52-year-old Randy Little in connection to the July 5 shooting. Snowden is a member of the East Lane Crips and is also suspected in a June 30 shooting.
Snowden and Little are accused of shooting at a homeless camp near the Poverello house on Santa Clara Street, between E and F Streets, in downtown Fresno. Jordan Mullin, 20, was shot and killed outside of his tent. Manuel Galindo, 38, was shot in the shoulder.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said that the camp is a magnet for violence, and police have seen an increase in drug trading, weapon sales, prostitution and assaults throughout the past few months.
Fresno’s narcotics unit, vice intelligence unit and multi-agency gang unit now patrol the area 24 hours a day, conduct prostitution stings, and use undercover informants to purchase narcotics. Within the last week, officers have arrested suspects on 47 felonies and 61 misdemeanors. Of the arrests, 11 were gang members. Officers also impounded 50 vehicles, many of which had been used in drug deals.
“These encampments have been taken over by gang members, by drug dealers,” Dyer said.
Police have not revealed why Snowden and Little fired shots at the homeless camp. Snowden is being charged with murder, assault with a deadly weapon and felony possession of a firearm. Little is being charged with murder. Both men were booked into the Fresno County Jail.
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