Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies investigate three drive-by shootings in a four-day span
IVANHOE – Sheriff deputies are on the lookout for anyone with details about an Ivanhoe drive by that nearly killed four teenagers.
According to the Sheriff’s office, just before 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 15700 block of Paradise Ave. in Ivanhoe for a drive-by shooting. When they arrived on scene, deputies found four people, three 17-year-old boys and one 18-year-old boy, had been shot. The victims told deputies that they were sitting in front of an apartment building when someone drove by in a dark-colored SUV and shot at them. The victims were all taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries and released.
The Ivanhoe crime was the third drive-by shooting in a four-day span across the county. On Dec. 12, deputies responded to Center and Church streets in Earlimart for a shooting just before 7:30 p.m. Deputies arrived to find 21-year-old Jonathan Toscano suffering from a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead shortly after CPR efforts at the scene were unsuccessful. Witnesses described the vehicle as a red sedan. Homicide detectives say the motive for the murder is unknown and they are trying to find video surveillance of the crime.
Back in north Tulare County, deputies responded to a drive-by shooting in Earlimart at around 8:40 p.m. on Dec. 11. When deputies arrived in the 37800 block of Pond Road in New London, they found two men who had been shot in the abdomen. Both victims were taken to a local hospital for treatment. During their investigation, detectives discovered the victims were from Dinuba and were visiting a friend on Pond Road. They were in the front yard of the house when several people in a car pulled up to the house and began firing at the victims. The suspects then fled the scene.
Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage to try and identify the people responsible. A motive for the shooting is still unknown.
All of the cases are still under investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Ag Crimes Unit at 1-800-808-0488 or anonymously at [email protected] or by text or voicemail at 559-725-4194.