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Man shot after confronting 'taggers'

September 3, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Fontana man is recovering after "taggers" shot him Tuesday night.The 41-year-old Fontana man is in serious but stable condition and surgery is possible. The two men responsible for the shooting are still at large.

There are not many signs of graffiti in the South Fontana area. However, an incident involving spray-painting "taggers" ended violently along Driftwood Drive around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The victim and his son confronted two teenage taggers. The taggers left the neighborhood but returned a short time later. One of them was armed with a handgun.

The taggers fired seven shots. Two bullets hit the victim in the neck and the back.

"Somebody caught some suspects tagging our wall over there. There was some kind of an altercation and they were kind of going back and forth about territory or something. And they came back with a gun and shot him. And that's about all I know about it," said Deanna, a concerned resident.

Witnesses told police one of the suspects is a Hispanic male, 18-20 years old, 5' 7", and 250 pounds. The second suspect is described as a Hispanic, also about 18-20 years old, 5' 6", and 150 pounds. Both men left in a dark Nissan Altima or Mazda with 20-inch chrome rims.

Resident Ben Wilson made up flyers designed to tell his neighbors about the incident.

"You can't be afraid," said Wilson. "If you're scared and afraid then they're winning. And, you can't have that fear."

Fontana police are following up on a number of leads.

"We have a very fine gang unit," said Sergeant Jeff Decker, Fontana Police Department, "We have a lot of gang intel and we have a lot of people dedicated just to this case to get it solved. The people of this city are not going to put up with this kind of activity. We will do something about it."

If you have any information, you should call the Fontana Police Department at (909)350-7700.

 

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