Dad killed, son hospitalized after shooting in Parlier, suspect arrested

An argument between three men ended in the first murder of the year for the city of Parlier.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021
1 killed, 1 hospitalized after shooting in Parlier, suspect arrested
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Deputies identified the man shot and killed as 57-year-old Israel Trevino Jr. His son, 33-year-old Israel Trevino III, remains in the hospital.

PARLIER, Calif. (KFSN) -- Pieces of crime scene tape are still wrapped around the poles in the small town of Parlier after a deadly double shooting on Sunday afternoon.

"Gunshots were fired and two of my family friends, one was killed and the other one was fighting for his life and we ask that you all pray for him right now," says Jessie Spindola.

It happened in front of the El Rancho Market in Parlier, on the corner of Parlier and Whitner avenues.

An argument between three men left 57-year-old Israel Trevino Jr. dead.

His son, 33-year-old Israel Trevino III, is now at Community Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

The father was a retiree with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The son is a current C-D-C-R employee.

"I don't know why anybody would want to do something like this," Spindola said.

Salim Saleh has owned El Rancho Market for more than 30 years. He says crime is not common around his store.

"Very nice area, never happened," he said. "Nice people. Even the guy who died is a nice guy. He never had a problem with anybody."

According to Parlier Mayor Alma Beltran, this is the city's first murder in 2021.

Beltran says the city has also seen a recent spike in shootings.

There have been six gang-related drive-by shootings so far this year.

Beltran believes the zero dollar bail is leading to increased crime in Parlier, so she's pushing state lawmakers to make changes.

"We are all very concerned," she said. "The whole entire community is very concerned and we are wanting for our police department to get a hold of the situation and make sure we have a safe community again."

The sheriff's office says this was an isolated incident, and there are no gang ties in this case.

Gomez is booked on felony charges of murder, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats.

His bail is set at $1.54 million.

EDITOR'S NOTE: We were initially told by authorities that this was a drive-by shooting but were later told it was an altercation that led to the shooting. We apologize for the error.