By Darrell Todd Maurina
A 21-year-old Clovis man is being held on murder charges in connection with Monday night’s shooting of two Clovis men, one of whom died at the scene.
Mark Madrid faces an open count of murder in connection with the shooting death of Porfirio “Po” Gonzalez, 53, police said. Madrid also faces charges in connection with the wounding of Ernic Perez, 28.
Curry County Adult Detention Center officials said Madrid was being held in lieu of a $100,000 cash-only bond.
Police dispatchers received calls that shots had been fired at the 800 block of North Oak Street shortly before 8 p.m. on Monday, according to a criminal complaint filed in magistrate court.
When officers arrived they found Gonzalez lying on Ninth Street with multiple gunshot wounds, the complaint said.
Officers learned that a second man, later identified as Perez, had also been wounded at the scene. Police contacted Perez, and were able to convince him to receive medical treatment for his injuries and speak with officers.
According to the complaint, Perez said the shooting happened because Gonzalez and Madrid had a dispute over a lighter.
A neighbor who told police he was a witness to the shooting said it appeared Gonzalez was trying to keep the peace and prevent a fight.
The complaint says Madrid told police that Gonzalez began the dispute by taking his lighter, hitting him with a walking stick on the head, arms, and ribs, and that he shot Gonzalez before fleeing the area and throwing the gun into Greene Acres Lake.
Police later searched a pickup owned by Madrid’s uncle and found a black semi-automatic pistol they said they believe was the weapon used. Madrid was taken into custody about 5 a.m. Tuesday.
Perez and the witness drew a darker picture of the incident. Both said that even after Gonzalez was lying on the ground, Madrid continued to shoot at him.
“It seemed like the man wanted to finish ‘Po’ off,” the witness told police.
“After he knew ‘Po’ was dead he heard at least two more shots,” the report states.
Family members of Gonzalez, Perez, and Madrid could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
Clovis police said in two different press releases on Tuesday they were still investigating the motive behind the shootings.