FCC Student Injured in Wave of Fresno Shootings


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A Fresno City College student remains critical condition after he was shot in the head at a church in southwest Fresno on Feb. 10.

The Fresno Bee reported that around 10:16 a.m., Fresno police received multiple calls and a shotspotter alert in the 2200 block of Lee Avenue, after eight shots were heard in the area.

Officers arrived to find Zurich Chatman, 20, lying next to his van with a gunshot wound.

After an investigation, officers determined the shooting erupted when Chatman, accompanied by his girlfriend and her brother, were preparing to go out of town.  As they were getting ready, Chatman was struck in the head by a shot fired from a passing car, according to The Fresno Bee

Chatman remains in critical condition, according to Mary Lisa Russell, a spokeswoman for Community Regional Medical Center.

Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said in a news conference with The Fresno Bee that the shooting is more than likely connected to a recent string of gang violence and an escalating gang war in Fresno.

Chatman was a student in IDILE and SYMBAA, according to Rodney Murphy, a counselor for the programs at FCC.

“He’s a dynamic student with a great attitude,” Murphy said about Chatman. “He was very vocal about how people should stick together and how we should love each other. He was family-oriented, charismatic and just well-liked..”   

Murphy said he does not believe Chatman was involved in a gang and that the shooting was most likely a case of mistaken identity. “He was nowhere near being a gang member.”


Staff reporter Jamila McCarty contributed.