Drive-by shooting in Southwest Fresno injures one

FRESNO, Calif.

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An early morning shooting frightened students and parents at one Valley elementary school Monday morning.

Fresno Police say four men shot a young teenager just steps away from King Elementary School which is located on Florence and Bardell.

Monday morning's shooting put King Elementary on what Fresno Unified called a "Shelter In Place" alert. The school district explained the difference between this category and a true lockdown -- which means no one gets in or out of campus.

"A shelter in place means that we didn't lock the gates. We had students coming on campus and then they were escorted to either classrooms, multi-purpose rooms, or in the library. But no one was out on campus," said Susan Bedi with Fresno Unified School District.

Officials placed the school in this heightened alert for 20 minutes and then parents and students were allowed to conduct business as usual.

Fresno Police responded to the shooting just after 7:15 Monday morning and within minutes they found the male victim who is in his late teens.

Officers say four men drove up near the sidewalk and fired off several rounds -- one struck the victim in the upper body. His injuries are non-life threatening.

The getaway car sped away but not before witnesses got a good look at it. "We did have a suspect vehicle that fled from this location. It's described as a '95 black Chevy SS Impala," said Sgt. Timothy Hahn with the Fresno Police Department.

Police spent the morning and afternoon looking for evidence around the area. They're looking for four men and aren't certain if this shooting is gang related.

If you have any information you're asked to call Fresno Police.

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