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Shootout costs man use of eye

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A gang-related fight escalated into a shootout in broad daylight on N Street near 4th Street, according to police.

Madera police detective Daniel Foss said a Madera man was shot once in head and once the torso Thursday, but the injuries were not life threatening.

The victim, Freddy Velasquez, 20, underwent surgery and is hospitalized and in stable condition as of Friday, he said.

“He was shot at least twice but he will survive. He’s lost the use of an eye,” Foss said. “He’s a gang member, and he does have prior (arrests). We are not exactly sure, but he appears to be a suspect and also the victim. He may have started it and lost. It’s still under investigation but it appears they were exchanging gunfire ... in broad daylight — with revolvers,” Foss said...


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