Reedley police search for suspect in Pecan Ave shooting

Reedley Police Department suspects shooting in north Reedley, which critically wounded a 24-year-old, is related to gang activity

By Serena Bettis
Published May 7, 2024  • 
2:00 pm
The intersection of North Pecan Avenue and East Parlier Avenue on the north end of Reedley, May 7, 2024. (Serena Bettis)
The intersection of North Pecan Avenue and East Parlier Avenue on the north end of Reedley, May 7, 2024. (Serena Bettis)

REEDLEY – An unidentified suspect shot and critically wounded a 24-year-old man in north Reedley late at night on Monday, the Reedley Police Department said. 

RPD said in a press release that officers responded to reports of a shooting around 10 p.m. on May 6 in the 1600 block of North Pecan Avenue, where they found a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, who has not been identified, was transported to a local hospital and is in critical but stable condition.

“We are committed to ensuring the safety of all our residents,” Police Chief Joe Garza said in the press release. “This type of violence has no place in our community.” 

Although RPD said the identity of those involved in the shooting remains unknown at this time, officers are investigating a possible connection to a previously reported sighting of an armed individual in the 600 block of East Springfield Avenue. 

The department’s preliminary investigation has suggested that the shooting may be gang-related, and the shooting victim is believed to be associated with the Norteno gang, RPD said. 

RPD is asking for anyone with information about the shooting or the firearm incident to contact the department at 559-356-8690 for English speakers or 559-246-4183 for Spanish speakers; callers can remain anonymous. 

“We are making every effort to apprehend those responsible and are asking for the public’s assistance in providing any information that may lead to their capture,” Garza said.

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 10 a.m. on May 8 to reflect the correct time the police department responded to the call. The initial article repeated an error in the RPD press release. 

Serena Bettis
General Assignment Reporter