In­trud­ers run from home, shots ring out but con­fu­sion reigns

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News - BY LEWIS GRIS­WOLD lgris­[email protected]­nobee.com

An at­tempted bur­glary of a north Fresno home ended with shots be­ing fired, but who fired the gun and whether bul­lets hit any­one re­mains a mys­tery, the Fresno County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said.

About noon Fri­day, Fresno po­lice got a call about shots fired on Barstow Av­enue just east of Marks Av­enue.

Of­fi­cers ar­rived and saw shell cas­ings in the drive­way and asked a man at the home what hap­pened. He said a bur­glary had just oc­curred.

Po­lice ran the ad­dress and be­cause the home is in a county is­land, the sher­iff’s of­fice took over.

The man, said to be 18 to 21 years old, told deputies he was driv­ing home when he got a call from his mother, who said her Ring door­bell cam­era showed a sus­pi­cious man by the front porch.

The son pulled into the drive­way, got out of his ve­hi­cle and checked the front porch but saw no one. He looked in the back­yard to see a tall man wear­ing a sweat­shirt, who hopped over the back fence and ran away.

The son re­turned to the front of the home and heard a rustling in­side the garage. Then he saw a man run out of the garage and east on Barstow.

The man got into his Toy­ota 4Run­ner and chased after the run­ner but lost sight of him. He then drove around the block onto Marks look­ing for the man who had jumped the fence.

He came back to the home where neigh­bors were gath­er­ing be­cause they heard gun­shots. One neigh­bor said he heard six gun­shots.

The home­owner’s son told them the home had been bro­ken into and said to call po­lice.

About 40 min­utes later, a gun­shot vic­tim ar­rived at Com­mu­nity Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter. De­tec­tives are try­ing to fig­ure out if the gun­shot vic­tim, about 19 years old, might have been at the home, said sher­iff’s of­fice spokesman Tony Botti.

No blood had been found at the home as of mid-af­ter­noon Fri­day.

“We need to make a lit­tle more sense of the story this young man is giv­ing us,” Botti said. “Ev­ery­one seems to be stumped as to why there’s a bunch of bul­let cas­ings on the drive­way. We don’t know if the home­owner shot at the sus­pects or if the sus­pects fired at the home­owner. It’s re­ally up in the air right now.”

About five min­utes elapsed from when the man ar­rived and when po­lice got the call of gun­shots and a bur­glary at­tempt, Botti said.

De­tec­tives might get a photo the gun­shot vic­tim and show it to the man to see if it’s one of the men he saw, Botti said. They also might get a search war­rant to en­ter the home, he said.

The case re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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