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Cops step up patrols after 2 East Central Fresno drive-by shootings

Fresno police are now stepping up patrols in East Central Fresno after two drive-by shootings this week.
Fresno police are now stepping up patrols in East Central Fresno after two drive-by shootings this week.

Detectives went door to door and reached out to frightened neighbors only hours after the gunfire. "We had a shooting last night and we had a shooting the night before. We believe they're related," said one detective.

On Tuesday night, paramedics treated two gunshot victims after police say someone in the back seat of an older model white Honda Accord shot at them. The violence happened outside a home on Garland and Ezie. Gloria Lopez heard it all go down. "Like bang, bang, bang, bang, real fast and real close. It was scary because it sounded real close," said Lopez.

About 24 hours later another shooting, another two people hurt and this time only blocks away on Dakota Avenue.

"It's too close to home and it's scary because we don't want this for our kids and our grandkids," said Lopez.

Officers are now working to get leads on the attacks. They're handing out special fliers to people who live here. "You know in Southeast Fresno we have the lowest overall crime rate in the city," said Sgt. Mark Hudson. "So, we are very proud of that fact and this is one of the things we like to do, we like to go out and be proactive. We like to meet with residents and get them involved in neighborhood watch."

So far this year there have been seven homicides in the Southeast Fresno policing district. That's up from four murders last year. But Sgt. Hudson says other crimes like robberies, car thefts and assaults are all down.

Anyone with information about the recent drive-by shootings is asked to call police.

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