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Police Arrest Clovis Teen for Hate Crime in ‘Gel Blaster’ Shooting

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Jordon Aubuchon, 18, of Clovis, faces a felony hate crime charge for what happened at Mountain View shopping center. (Shutterstock)
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Clovis police arrested 18-year-old Jordon Aubuchon on Thursday for allegedly shooting a Hispanic man with gel balls in the parking lot of Mountain View shopping center at Shaw and Fowler avenues.

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Jordon Aubuchon

Police said in a news release that after receiving a call about the attack, they pulled over a vehicle driving recklessly near Ashlan and Armstrong avenues.

Two men jumped out of the vehicle and fled, but officers detained Aubuchon and another passenger.

Charged With Felony Hate Crime

Aubuchon will be charged with a felony for the alleged hate crime and a misdemeanor for negligently discharging the “gel blaster,” which is a toy gun, authorities said. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, Aubuchon, who is white, remained in Fresno County Jail.

According to Clovis police, the victim said that shortly before he was shot in his vehicle, he heard the driver of the other vehicle yell a racial slur. The victim told a police dispatcher that he wasn’t injured, but he did describe the suspect’s vehicle.

Chief: ‘Hate Crimes Have no Place in Clovis’

“Hate crimes have no place in Clovis, will not be tolerated, and will be dealt with swiftly,” said Clovis Police Chief Curt Fleming.

The police chief also said that the department has seen an increase in juveniles and young adults shooting gel blasters and similar toy guns.

“(We) would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that shooting any projectile, especially from a moving vehicle, is dangerous and against the law,” said Fleming.

 

 

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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