FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) --Hanford police are searching for a suspect accused of gunning down a man in a late night shooting. Investigators said one man was killed and another man was injured just after 9:00 p.m. Wednesday in south Hanford.
In the past week, authorities said there have been at least three shootings in the city. All of them are likely gang related, which investigators believe could be fueling a bigger problem.
Killed by a rifle in the middle of the street authorities said Eric Anthony Parker barely made it to the hospital before he died. Messages of grief and photos of his newborn son now fill Parker's Facebook page who was shot along with victim who made it out alive.
"We believe this is probably gang related. They were together, and, whoever did the shooting was targeting those two individuals," said Chief Parker Sever, Hanford Police Department.
Police said people in the area reported, at least, five gunshots and saw a man running with a rifle in his hands. But so far no one witnesses have come forward to describe what the suspect looked like. It's the third time in just one week Chief Sever has dealt with a shooting.
"Recently we have had several shootings in Hanford. We had somebody shot just a week ago and so far he is making it. And, so, we are working with our gang task force and our officers to quell those activities," Sever said.
Sever said this type of violence is cyclical and is likely a beef between several gangs. The only way for them to stop the chaos, Sever said, is to get help from witnesses who see what's happening in their city.
"In order for them to make their neighborhoods better and take control of their neighborhoods, they have to help us, and they have to be involved."
The other victim who was shot in the leg has already been released from the hospital.
Police said they don't have any idea who the suspect might be at this point.