Man who was shot at Visalia mall iden­ti­fied

The Fresno Bee - - Local - BY LARRY VALENZUELA AND JIM GUY lvalen­[email protected]­ [email protected]­

A man shot by Visalia po­lice Thurs­day af­ter­noon at the Visalia Mall was iden­ti­fied Fri­day as Richard Sylvester Gar­cia.

Gar­cia, 36, was shot af­ter of­fi­cers from a tac­ti­cal team were sent to the mall about 4:45 p.m. af­ter re­ports of an armed man in a stolen ve­hi­cle in the area, ac­cord­ing to

Sgt. Gary Wil­liams.

Of­fi­cers saw the sus­pect com­ing out of the JCPen­ney store and it ap­peared he was car­ry­ing a gun in his waist­band, Wil­liams said. The sus­pect got into a sedan near Wal­nut Av­enue, and of­fi­cers or­dered him to get out of the car but he re­fused, Wil­liams said.

The sus­pect in­stead put the car in re­verse, ac­cel­er­ated to­ward two of­fi­cers and the of­fi­cers fired sev­eral rounds. Wil­liams said the sus­pect drove out of the park­ing lot, over a curb and turned east and then south, back into the lot to­ward other of­fi­cers. Those of­fi­cers also opened fire. The car stopped in the lot and the sub­ject, iden­ti­fied as Gar­cia, was taken out of the car. There was a gun in his waist­band, Wil­l­liams said.

Of­fi­cers helped Gar­cia be­fore he was taken to a hos­pi­tal. Gar­cia was booked on two counts of as­sault with a deadly weapon on a peace of­fi­cer, be­ing a felon in pos­ses­sion of a firearm and pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty, Wil­liams said. The Tu­lare County Sher­iff’s Of­fice is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the shoot­ing.

Gar­cia was in sta­ble con­di­tion Fri­day, Wil­liams said. This is the sec­ond shoot­ing at the Visalia Mall since 2012. In Jan­uary 2012, two men were shot in­side the mall near a candy store.

Richard Gar­cia

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