FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a Central California man shot and killed by police (all times local):
Police say a suspected gang member shot and killed by police in California had fired dozens of rounds, many striking a home full of children.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Wednesday that officers arrived and quickly escorted six children and four adults to safety as the man fired dozens of rounds from the backyard.
Officers killed 21-year-old Salvadro Lopez who lived in a shed behind the home.
Dyer said Lopez had expressed a desire to die, possibly take officers with him. Officers heard some bullets whizzing past them.
The chief said a woman in the home called police fearing everyone inside would be killed. Another woman inside said she was the man’s godmother.
It comes a day after a suspected robbery in another Fresno neighborhood left three dead.
Central California police say a suspected gang member was shot and killed after he fired a least 75 rounds at officers with a high-powered rifle.
The Fresno Bee reports (http://bit.ly/2sSOuth) that the incident occurred in Fresno early Wednesday. No police officers or civilians were hit or injured.
Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the man, who he described as a 21-year-old gang member, didn’t appear to be targeting anyone. His name was not released.
Police recovered between 75 and 100 casings at the scene.
Dyer described the shooting as an isolated incident.
The violence comes nearly two months after another Fresno random shooting.
Authorities say three white men were killed April 18 in a racially motivated attack. Prosecutors have charged Kori Ali Muhammad, who’s black, in the attacks and with killing a fourth white man.
Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com
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