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Homicide Victim in Parks at Fig Garden Shooting Identified

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Steven Montano, 30, was shot to death at about 5 p.m. on New Year's Day. (Shutterstock)
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Fresno police have identified a 30-year-old man shot to death at an apartment complex in the 4000 block of North Fruit Avenue.

Fresno Homicide victim Steven Montano

Steven Montano, 30, was Fresno’s first homicide victim of 2023. (Fresno PD)

Officers say that Steven Montano, 30, died after being shot shortly after 5 p.m. on New Year’s Day at The Parks at Fig Garden.

EMS personnel immediately took him to Community Regional Medical Center, but he died shortly after his arrival there.

According to a Fresno Police Department news release issued Tuesday, a Hispanic man confronted Montano in the complex before the shooting.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact homicide detective Rudy Montoya at (559) 621-2449 or detective Vic Miranda at (559) 621-2452.

Tipsters may also utilize Valley Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP (7867).

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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