Man declared guilty for murder at Visalia gas station

Francisco Rodriguez receives guilty conviction for fatally shooting a man during a Visalia gas station altercation, faces life in prison

VISALIA – A man could be spending the rest of his life behind bars after he was convicted of second-degree murder for shooting a man at a gas station on Lovers Lane.

On April 18, prosecutors with the Tulare County District Attorney’s office secured a guilty verdict against Francisco Rodriguez, 27, for murder.

(Tulare County District Attorney's Office)

At trial, Rodriguez was convicted of second-degree murder with the special allegation of personal and intentional discharge of a firearm, causing death. His sentencing is scheduled for May 13, where he faces potential life in prison. 

Before his trial, Rodriguez fled to Mexico, but was apprehended at the border in June 2023.

The crime transpired on Aug. 7, 2022, at about 1:30 a.m. Rodriguez and others got into a confrontation with another group inside of a gas station on Lovers Lane in Visalia. A fight ensued, which eventually spilled out into the parking lot.

As one group ran to their car, Rodriguez – in possession of a handgun – fired six rounds at the group, killing an adult male attempting to leave in the car. The entirety of the incident was caught on surveillance video. 

The case was prosecuted by Supervising Deputy District Attorney Kalina Laleva and was investigated by the Visalia Police Department. 

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