Shots fired in Oakhurst Sunday

-- Staff reportNovember 20, 2012 

Business people in downtown Oakhurst reported to the California Highway Patrol last Sunday that unknown persons riding in two cars on Highway 41 in Oakhurst fired several shots at each other at about 1 p.m. CHP officers and deputies from the Madera County Sheriff's Office responded to the incident although no arrests were made.

The two vehicles were traveling in opposite directions on Highway 41 near the Oakhill Cemetery when the shooting occurred. Reports also indicate that shots were fired near the library on Civic Circle. CHP officers reported that they recovered shell casings, most likely from a pistol, from Highway 41.

According to Madera County Sheriff John Anderson, witness descriptions of vehicles possibly involved in the shoot-out included a black Suburban, a red four-door Dodge or Chrysler and a green Jeep Wrangler.

The incident may be related to another shooting at about 4 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in the Mudge Ranch subdivision near Deadwood Mountain. In that case, a male told deputies he was shot by someone in another vehicle while driving alone in the area looking for a friend's house.

The victim drove himself to another location and someone at that location called the sheriff's office. The victim told deputies he knew nothing more about the shooting. He was then transported to St. Agnes Hospital in Fresno with minor injuries.

The Madera County Sheriff's Office is investigating both shootings and asks anyone with information about the shootings to call either the sheriff's office, (559) 765-7770 or Crime Stoppers, (559) 498-STOP. An anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers that results in an arrest could be worth $1,000.

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