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Shootings In Fresno: Gang Violence Is On The Rise

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The Fresno Police Department says there have been almost twenty shootings in the past two weeks. Investigators say the shootings are the result of gang feuds and the Police Department is working on stopping the violence.

"I couldn't believe it. All of a sudden I heard sirens and there it was," says Sandra Hobbs, who heard one of the shootings.

A memorial for a man shot to death this past weekend sits across the street from Sandra Hobbs home.

"The scariest part is you don't know who it's going to be or when it's going to come," adds Hobbs, "I don't come out after dark."

Police Chief Jerry Dyer says in the past two weeks 5 people have died as a result of the shootings.

He adds there have been 17 people killed this year, compared to 10 at this time last year.

"It's very concerning to us," says Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, "Anytime you have gang members involved in a shooting there's the potential for retaliation and that's when people can start to get killed in our city."

To cut down on violence the Police Department is putting more officers in areas where gang violence occurs, serving search warrants, and trying to find out more about which gangs are feuding.

"We're going to do everything we can to prevent a retaliation," adds Chief Dyer.

Fresno Police say that the majority of people killed this year have died in shootings. The Police Chief says that might be why the number of homicides is higher than last year, because if you're shot you're more likely to die.

Investigators say overall violent crime in Fresno is down.

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