Man shot in head while sitting inside Northwest Fresno apartment

Fresno police are investigating after a man was shot in the head while he was sitting inside his own home on Friday.
April 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
Fresno police are investigating after a man was shot in the head while he was sitting inside his own home on Friday evening. Officers were also speaking with a person of interest on Friday night.

The shooting happened around 7:30 p.m. at an apartment near Ashlan and Feland avenues in Northwest Fresno.

A couple was sitting in the living room on the very day that they moved into their new apartment. Police say a bullet shot through the sliding glass door and struck the unidentified 60-year-old man in the head. Investigators say his wife immediately began to give her husband first aid and called 911. The victim was transported to the hospital and was last listed in critical condition.

There was a shell casing found outside a nearby apartment. Detectives spotted bullet holes in the fence that separates the two units. Police say it appears the bullet may have come from someone in that apartment across from the victim. A witness said that the shooter is likely a heavily intoxicated man, who didn't intentionally fire the gun.

"The trajectory of the bullet it looks as though it could have been an accidental shooting, but again it's really too early to speculate," said Sgt. Mike Smith with the Fresno Police Department.

Police say they were talking with the person of interest after catching up with him down the street from the apartment. They were also writing up search warrants to go into the apartment where they believe the gunshot came from. They also planned a search of two other apartments down the street.

So far it appears to be an accidental shooting. If that is the case, the next step of this process is to find the weapon and determine whether the gun is legal.

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