Concert crowds, shooting keep Fresno police busy

A couple of downtown events that let out at the same time and a shooting kept Fresno police busy overnight.
March 23, 2014 2:44:00 PM PDT
Fresno police were busy overnight as a couple of downtown events let out at the same time, followed by a shooting that stretched police resources thin.

It started late Saturday night when concert-goers at the Star Palace let out from the "Teen Jam Black and White Party." Fulton Street quickly got overwhelmed with hundreds of teenagers, stopping traffic and congesting sidewalks while waiting to be picked up. Police broke up some small altercations, but no violence was reported.

"All units were dispatched to come assist and try to get the pedestrians out of the street, and realize there are a lot of juveniles out here, so right now we're basically trying to get the juveniles to their rightful owners," said Lt. Phil Cooley with the Fresno Police Department.

Police got the scene under control quickly. No arrests were made.

Just a few blocks away at the Fresno Convention Center, "Life in color," a rave, let out around 1 a.m. Sunday. Police were on scene to control traffic and disperse attendees. The crowd was orderly. No violence was reported, and no arrests were made.

Shortly after that, police responded to a shooting near the Highway 180 on-ramp at Blackstone Avenue. One man was wounded and another person was hit by a car. Detectives scoured the area looking for shell casings and other clues. There is no word on the condition of the persons involved.

Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to contact the Fresno Police Department at (559) 621-7000.


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