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Police battle east Hanford violence

HPD, Gang Task Force investigate weekend shootings

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Police are investigating two weekend shootings in a section of east Hanford with a history of gang activity and violence.

Two people were arrested Saturday in connection with a shooting Friday night at a home in the 300 block of East Ivy Street. The victim, a 23-year old Hanford man, had been shot multiple times. Police On Saturday, officers arrested Isacc Andrew Garcia-Ordonez, 18, of Hanford, and a 17-year-old Hanford resident, whose name was withheld because he is a minor.

乐动体育On Saturday night, the Hanford Police Department received multiple reports of shots fired in the 1000 block of North White Street, about a half-mile northeast from the Ivy Street address. Police said a bullet entered the north wall of a home and shattered the glass shower door in the bathroom.

乐动体育Witnesses reported the suspect shot the house from inside a vehicle and drove off.

乐动体育Hanford police Lt. George Hernandez said both cases remain under investigation.

“At this point there’s nothing suggesting they’re related,” Hernandez said.

Steve Rossi, commander of the Kings County Gang Task Force, said gangs commonly retaliate following an attack. As of Monday, he said, the Gang Task Force was only investigating the Ivy Street shooting.

Rossi said law enforcement has previously worked to combat gang violence in the area around East Ivy Street. The residents of at least one “problem house” on East Ivy Street were evicted as a result of those efforts, he said.

The Gang Task Force arrested three people in November 2015 while serving search warrants in the 200 block of East Ivy Street. Hanford police arrested two men in January during a probation compliance check at a home in the 100 block of East Ivy Street.

Numerous acts of gang-related violence have been reported in the same area in recent years. Hanford police went on high alert in 2014 amid a series of apparent acts of gang violence:

  • April 18, 2014 – A gang-related stabbing near Tenth and East streets puts a man in the hospital.
  • April 27 – Hanford police respond to a shooting near 10th and White Streets around 9:06 p.m. Several vehicles were hit by gunfire. An investigation recovered spent shell casings, but no victim or suspects were identified.
  • April 28 – Police respond to a shooting around 3:20 a.m. in the 300 block of East Ivy Street. An occupied home was hit by gunfire but no one was injured.
  • June 22, 2014 – A man was stabbed around 6:30 p.m. at a home in the 200 block of East Eleventh Street. A police investigation revealed the stabbing occurred in the 200 block of East Ivy Street.
  • Aug. 4, 2014 – Around 12:27 a.m., a suspect in a white Dodge Neon reportedly opened fire at homes in the 300 block of East Ivy Street and in the area of Brown and Green streets.
  • Nov. 23, 2014 – Police respond to a report of shots fired in the 200 block of East Ivy Street around 7:55 p.m. Officers arrived and found a man in a nearby alley with stab wounds to his back and face.

Then-police Chief Carlos Mestas told The Sentinel the three April incidents appeared to have been retaliatory acts between rival gangs. Lack of cooperation from witnesses made it difficult for police to link the incidents aside from their proximity to one another.

Rossi said gang-related crimes often rely more heavily on in-depth investigations, surveillance and collecting evidence. Witnesses and victims are often reluctant to give statements to police, he said.

“In a gang case, it can be challenging to get the involved parties to cooperate with law enforcement,” Rossi said. “Because in the gang world, you’re not supposed to cooperate with law enforcement.”

Witnesses often decline to speak out for fear of retaliation, Rossi said. Lack of cooperation from the public can make it difficult to resolve ongoing issues with particular residents.

乐动体育At least three other violent acts were reported last year in the same section of east Hanford:

  • April 4, 2015 – A man was stabbed several times in the chest at a home in the 100 block of East Ivy Street.
  • Sept. 4, 2015 – A home in the 500 block of East Ivy Street was shot several times with an assault rifle during the night. No one in the home was injured.
  • Sept. 8, 2015 – A little after midnight, police responded to reports of shots fired in the 1000 block of East White Street. Police said an SUV parked in front of a home in the area had been shot several times.

The reporter can be reached at 583-2458 or meiman@addaptcreative.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikeE_HS.

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