A Fresno Delivery Man Killed in Shooting

December 7, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Fresno Police are making progress in a murder that left a beer delivery driver dead in Central Fresno. It happened early Monday morning at the Quick Foods store off of Palm and Belmont.                  |   Watch Video Above for Extended Coverage   |

Fresno Police say they are tracking down some significant leads. They have arrested one man and are still looking for another. The question remains was this a random murder or was the victim a target? Police say the motive is unclear.

The red pickup truck police believe the suspects drove to the Quick Foods Mini Mart Monday morning ... was found by police still running when the suspects wrecked it then ran off in a neighborhood near Roeding Park.

Fresno Police Deputy Chief Keith Foster said, "It's too early to tell what the motive is. We are still looking at the footage and certainly we are trying to identify the people to see if there's, whether they are known to the victim."

Fresno Police found the body of a Valley Wide Beverage delivery driver near the back of his lift gate preparing to make his first delivery of the day when he was ambushed, shot and killed.

The coroner's office has identified the victim as 27 year old Richard Hernandez. Surveillance video from both the store and the police monitored camera nearby caught the event on tape.

Bobby Singh said, "He was a nice guy. He comes every week to deliver beer. I don't know what happened. Who killed him."

Singh owns the store. He says Hernandez has the same routine. Unfortunately, Singh showed up for work minutes after the shooting.

Cameras show the delivery driver waiting in his vehicle for the store to open for more than 15 minutes. As he gets out, a red truck pulls into a stall as though to pump gas. The passenger gets out, goes to the back of the Coors Light truck, fires several shots then returns to the truck and speeds away. Police combed the neighborhood where the truck was found. They did detain one man who is being questioned.

At Valley Wide Beverage headquarters, a chaplain showed up to comfort coworkers. Flags were also at half staff.

I talked with the registered owner of the suspects red truck at his home. He told us police have asked him not to speak publicly. But he told us earlier in the day his truck had been stolen.


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