Three shootings are likely gang related

FRESNO, Calif. The gang task force was out checking on validated gang members Saturday night, as police tried to prevent another deadly night. Fresno police responded to three separate shootings overnight.

In one incident, two people were killed. The number of murders in Fresno is now at 16. Last year at this time, there were eight.

At a news conference Saturday, Police Chief Jerry Dyer said it's likely the most recent incidents are all gang related.

"So we unfortunately are way ahead of where we were last year in murders and that's all the more reason why we focus our efforts on violence, taking guns off the streets, and specifically gangs."

Chief Dyer says nine officers are investigating Saturday morning's deadly shooting, which is more than the normal number of officers normally assigned to a homicide case.

Just after 4 a.m., police say someone barged into an apartment at this complex in Northwest Fresno and shot a 26-year-old man, and a 26-year-old woman several times.

One man, who did not want to be identified, heard what happened. "It had to be at least 8 to 10 shots, it had to be. I thought it was downstairs from my apartment, that's how close it sounded."

Neighbors say they're concerned violence in the area is on the rise. "People are going to get scared from themselves and their children and we're gonna have gun play and some of everything over here. I just know it."

The double homicide marked an end to a violent night in Fresno. Around 10:20 p.m. Friday night, someone drove by this home in Southeast Fresno and fired shots. No one was hurt there.

Then, less than thirty minutes later police believe the same suspect or suspects drove by a complex in Central Fresno and fired more rounds striking two separate units.

No one was hurt in that case either.

Still, Fresno's gang task force now plans to put more pressure on known gang members throughout the city. "All of them will be very focused on suppressing gang activity in our city specifically dealing with Hispanic gangs and the bulldog gangs."

Fresno Police have not identified the victims from last night's shooting. At this point, they have made no arrests in any of the cases, but investigators say they have several leads.

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