2 men hospitalized following shooting in Hanford, police say

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Tuesday, November 21, 2023
2 men hospitalized following shooting in Hanford, police say
Hanford police are investigating a shooting that sent two men to the hospital.

HANFORD, Calif. (KFSN) -- Hanford police are investigating a shooting that sent two men to the hospital.

It was reported just after midnight Monday on 10th Avenue and Lacey Boulevard.

When officers arrived, they found shell casings on the ground.

Minutes later and just two miles away, two men in their twenties arrived at Adventist Health Medical Center in Hanford.

The men were flown out to nearby hospitals, so they could be taken into surgery.

Hanford police say they believe the shooting is gang-related.

"That specific shooting was isolated and we believe either the subject either knew each other or it wasn't just a random act," says Lieutenant Justin Vallin, with the Hanford Police Department.

Officers believe at least one of the gunmen left the scene in an unidentified car.

Police are still investigating a possible motive for the shooting.

The double shooting came hours after a violent domestic violence attack left two women recovering from stab wounds.

30-year-old George Watley was arrested for the attack at Casa De Sol Apartments on Hanford Armona Road on Saturday morning.

Investigators say Watley stabbed two women in their 20s after they tried to leave in a car.

Police believe Watley was in a relationship with one of the victims.

"We booked the subject for attempted murder and there was another female that was beaten by the male and he was arrested for those charges as well," explains Vallin.

Watley refused to surrender for about 40 minutes but finally turned himself in to SWAT officers.

The women were taken to a hospital and are expected to be okay.

Hanford Police say there were six children inside the home at the time of the domestic violence incident, and none of them were harmed.

"I can't speak to any of the facts in this case, but I would say that you know, when you have children who witness domestic violence, it has a negative impact on their own future and the relationships that they have with their future partners, as well as the stability that children feel at home," mentions Kings County District Attorney, Sarah Hacker.

Kings County offers support for victims of Domestic Violence through its Victim-Witness Assistance program.

The program offers legal, housing, and food assistance, "It's so important to have services such as the victim witness services that we provide because we know that children are not going to be left without a meal or a roof over their heads when something happens between their parents or their adults in their lives," mentioned Hacker.

More details on Domestic violence survivor support can be found here.

Anyone with information on the cases is urged to contact the Hanford Police Department by calling (559) 585-2540 as the investigations continue to be ongoing.

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