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Fresno County Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives have arrested a 60-year-old Parlier man in a deadly shooting that attracted worldwide attention.

Detectives booked Joe Gomez Jr. into jail Monday on felony charges of murder, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and making criminal threats.

His bail is $1.54 million.

Booking photo of Joe Gomez Jr.

Joe Gomez Jr.

Gomez Jr. was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing Israel Trevino Jr., 57, of Selma, and wounding his son, Israel Trevino III, 33, outside Selma’s El Rancho Market on Sunday afternoon.

The younger Trevino is hospitalized with major injuries and is in critical condition, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The elder Trevino was a retired California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation employee and his son works for CDCR. Both played in the conjunto band Los Hooligans.

The family has set up a GoFundMe Campaign to help Trevino III and his wife. The effort had raised nearly $16,000 of its $20,000 goal as of 1 p.m. Wednesday.

“Friends & Family. We ask for your prayers at this horrible time. Izzy has a long road of pain and healing. And I humbly ask for us together to help Izzy & Shanelle out financially. He is still in critical condition. No amount is too small. Even a simple prayer. Let Izzy know we are holding him in prayer,” wrote GoFundMe account organizer Hope Trevino of Dinuba.

Watch: The Trevinos Play Their Music Together

Witnesses Point to Gomez as the Shooter

According to a Sheriff’s Office news release, at 4:19 pm on Sunday, the Parlier Police Department received a 911 call of shots fired near Parlier and Whitener Avenues. Officers arrived a minute later and found the Trevinos injured on the sidewalk.

Witnesses immediately pointed out to officers a fleeing vehicle that the gunman was driving. A Parlier Police officer made a vehicle stop and detained the man, later identified as Gomez.

Meanwhile, in front of the market, Israel Trevino Jr. died. An ambulance arrived and rushed Trevino III to the hospital.

Parlier Police then requested that sheriff’s detectives respond to the scene to take the lead in the investigation. Detectives learned from witnesses there was a disturbance between three men, the Trevinos and Gomez Jr., which lead to gunshots. After gathering evidence and conducting interviews, detectives arrested Gomez Jr.

Detectives Look for More Tips

Anyone with information, videos, or photos related to this case can contact Detective Juan Galindo, 559 600-8215.

In addition, tipsters can contact Valley Crime Stoppers, 559 498-7867, or at this link.  People providing tips to Valley Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

The Fresno Bee reported that Jesse Spindola, a family friend and DJ, will host a tribute to Los Hooligans during The Conjuntazzo Show at 6 p.m. Thursday on

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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