Four teenage members of the Norteño gang have been arrested as suspects in the December 19 shooting of a Fresno teacher, Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer announced on Christmas Eve.
Two of the teenagers showed up in Edison trainer Steven Guerrero’s classroom at 7 p.m., police said. The 17-year-old allegedly aimed the handgun while the 16-year-old hit Guerrero in the head with a 25-pound weight, according to law enforcement. Guerrero, stunned, recovered and knocked the gun from the 17-year-old before the other boy reportedly grabbed it and shot Guerrero twice, missing him with the other three bullets. Guerrero still managed to grab the gun and fired once at the fleeing boys.
The boys were tracked down after a 62-year-old woman told the police that four boys, armed with a handgun and a sawed-off rifle, assaulted her in an alley near the school prior to the attack on Guerrero. A subsequent search of a house near the school found a bullet from the handgun allegedly used in the attack on Guerrero. On Tuesday, the suspects were arrested, and the shooting suspect identified by Guerrero reportedly confessed. He had previously attended Edison.
Dyer (pictured) said of the suspects, who attended New Millennium charter school, “These are juveniles, but they are ruthless. They were trying to prove their value to the gang.”