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Suspects Identified in Fresno Smoke Shop Gang Ambush Murder



Fresno police detectives are asking for the public's help in tracking down murder suspects Sircharles Bradshaw, 16, and Tishawn Thorton, 20, (Fresno PD)
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Fresno police detectives are seeking the public’s help in tracking down two suspects believed responsible for a gang ambush homicide at a busy strip mall last week.

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Homicide victim Joseph Riley, 26. (Fresno PD)

The suspects are Tishawn Thorton, 20, and Sircharles Bradshaw, 16.

Arrest warrants for murder, attempted murder, and assault with a deadly weapon have been issued for both. Police say the suspects should be considered armed and dangerous.

Univision 21 reported that Thorton has been arrested twice this year for possession of a firearm. Bradshaw is on probation on a charge of assault with bodily harm and was arrested previously for robbery.

Joseph Riley, 26, died in a hail of bullets shortly before noon on Dec. 13 at the Superior Smoke Shop. The business is in the Princeton Square mall in the 2700 block of Blackstone Avenue.

A second shooting victim, Riley’s 19-year-old brother, survived a bullet wound to his face.

Anyone calling with information can remain anonymous by contacting Valley Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP (7867). Tipsters may also contact homicide Detective A. Nieto at (559) 621-2415 or detective S. Gray at (559) 621-2451.


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