By Darrell Todd Maurina
Clovis police say a Crime Stoppers tip gave them the information they needed to arrest seven suspects in connection with a string of window-shooting incidents that began Nov. 11.
Four suspects are juveniles and their names were not immediately released. Detective Keith Bessette said Brian Quintana, Raymond Wells, and Darrel Garcia, all 18 and from Clovis, as well as the four juveniles, face a variety of charges including accessory to conspiracy, criminal damage under $1,000 and criminal damage over $1,000.
“Right now we think it was just a joyriding thing, ‘something to do for fun,’ as they put it,” Bessette said.
He said most but not all of the incidents involved shooting out car windows, but a few involved shooting out windows of buildings. A BB gun was used in all the incidents, but Bessette said the weapon has not yet been found.
Capt. Leon Morris said police were originally investigating 45 separate incidents, but Bessette said the seven people will face charges only in connection with 20 cases.
“It turned out the others were not shootings; it was other types of damage, not BB guns,” Bessette said.
Bessette said no other suspects are being sought.
The person who called in an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers is eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if the information leads to a conviction, Bessette said.
“It was mainly a Crime Stoppers tip that led us to one of the individuals,” Bessette said. “We were able to get a statement from that individual regarding the involvement of the other individuals, and several others gave us statements regarding their involvement and that of others.”
Bessette said he doesn’t yet have a damage amount for the shooting spree, but said the total will be well into the thousands of dollars.