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Gang member dies after being shot at a party

For The Madera Tribune

Angel Venegas, 22, was shot and killed early Saturday morning in the area of Sharon Boulevard and Wilson Street, according to Madera police.


Madera police detectives are requesting information from the public in a fatal shooting that took place in the area of Sharon Boulevard and Wilson Street about 2:30 Saturday morning. The victim, 22-year-old Angel Venegas, was at a yard party when he was approached by one or two unknown assailants and shot once in the chest, according to detective sergeant Mark Trukki.

“It was a small gathering of about 15 people,” Trukki said. “Someone approached, and gang words and challenges were exchanged. A fight broke out. Venegas was a known gang member in Madera. Two shots were fired with a hand gun. One struck the victim and he later died at Madera Community Hospital.

“The people at the party were extremely intoxicated and uncooperative. Several cars sped off from the scene of the shooting but we don’t know if they were involved or just fleeing the scene of the shooting,” Trukki said.

The shooting is the first homicide of 2019, according to Trukki. No arrests were made at the incident and no vehicle descriptions are being released at this time.

The investigation is ongoing. Detectives are asking anyone with information to call Madera police at 675-4220 or Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP. Crime Stoppers pays a cash reward of up to $2,000 for anonymous information leading to an arrest and a conviction in a crime.

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