Fresno Co Sheriff's investigate Parlier PD shooting

FRESNO, Calif.

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office says shots were fired toward the station on Mendocino near manning around 11 p.m. Saturday night.

Investigators say one officer from the Parlier Police Department was standing outside the station when the shots were fired. They say he was almost hit, but wasn't hurt. Bullet holes drilled through two department cars and one shot pierced into a school bus.

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office says police officers at the Parlier Police Department were processing 2 arrests inside the building just before 11 p.m. that night. That's when one officer who was outside the station reported a barrage of gunfire.

"The officer standing on the exterior reported he was receiving shots fired directly at him," said Lt. Robert Salazar with the Fresno County Sheriff's Office.

The investigation has yet to determine if it was a specific officer that was targeted or the police department itself.

Action News learned that a bullet traveled through a wall into the police station, but no one inside was hurt.

Neighbors in the area heard the violence unfold. "We were just sitting there and talking and all of a sudden we just heard, boom, boom, boom, boom -- and 'Oh my God' I said, 'Those are gunshots, let's get inside right away,'" said Lupe Quilantan.

Quilantan works at the Head Start school right behind the police department. "What if this would have happened in the daytime? Kids come out at 11:30."

Quilantan and her husband Jesus have also lived in the area for more than 30 years. "Kind of scary you know. This is the first time we seen something like that," said Jesus Quilantan.

Investigators say they still don't have a motive in the shooting.

If you have any information that could help investigators with the case, you are asked to call the Fresno County Sheriff's office.

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