Two dead in separate Fresno shooting incidents

FRESNO — After investigating two homicides that took place in different areas overnight Tuesday, the Fresno County Coroner’s Office has confirmed the identities of both victims.

In a statement from the coroner’s office, 18-year-old Antonio Lopez was killed near Maple and Turner avenues around 10 p.m. Monday. He died an hour later at Community Regional Medical Center.

Fresno police Lt. Mark Salazar said in a release that Lopez was walking down the street with a friend before they were confronted by a group of people.

It was later revealed by Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer that, at about 5:10 p.m. Monday, Lopez was involved in a confrontation with opposing graffiti tagging crews. That was when things escalated and Lopez was shot.

The other shooting occurred on the 1400 block of East Belmont Avenue just a little after 5 a.m. Monday. The shooting victim was identified as 29-year-old Juan Salado.

Salado shared an apartment with a female roommate and two girls ages 2 and 5, Fresno police said in a release. The shooting occurred after a disturbance in the apartment that police believed was drug-related.

Both girls were asleep during the time of the incident and no one else was injured.

Two men are being sought in connection to Salado’s death, according to Salazar.


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