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Father and son shot in driveway
A father and son were shot in the driveway of their home located in the 100 block of North Crestview Street on Friday while putting up Christmas lights.
Porterville Police Department Officer Dominic Barteau said the department received a call of shots heard around noon in the area of Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery in Porterville.
The victims were a 52- to 53-year-old man and his 20-year-old son, Barteau said. The father was shot in an arm and the son was shot in the back. Barteau reported four to six shots were fired by the two armed men, who approached from the south and fled southbound on foot.
“The two victims were both shot and both had already been transported by a neighbor to the hospital,” said Barteau who added that the incident does not appear to be gang-related.
The PPD is trying to determine a motive for the shootings. The suspects have not been apprehended and the PPD is investigating.
Reynaldo Orozco, who lives on North Hillcrest Street, said he was talking in his yard with Jesus Morales when he heard what he believed were four gunshots. Morales confirmed the account.
“I live right across the field, heard gunshots and saw two males running. One was wearing a black jacket,” said Reynaldo Orozco, who also reported the victims were father and son.
According to Barteau, the father was transferred to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno with non-life-threatening injuries and the son was at SVDH.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Sgt. Ron Moore.