Police: 26-year-old shot during apparent gang-related confrontation

CNJ staff

A 26-year-old Clovis homicide victim was shot in the head during an apparent gang-related confrontation, according to information released Wednesday by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office.

Daniel Perez was shot April 13 during a confrontation “involving multiple gunshots” in the 900 block of South Valley Road, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Wednesday.

Perez died April 19.

As of Wednesday there have been no arrests, though Waller said there are persons of interest in the case.

“Because of the nature of the incident, some witnesses have been reluctant to cooperate with the investigation,” he said.

The homicide was the first in the county this year. It was also the second involving a member of the Perez family.

In September 2005, Perez’ 10-year-old brother Carlos Perez was shot in the head while he slept in his bed in his family’s Clovis Apartment.

Police have said the shooters were targeting the victims’ then 16-year-old brother Ruben Perez because of a dispute earlier in the day.

Convicted in the death, Edward Salas escaped from the Curry County jail in 2008 and remains at large. Also charged in the shooting, Noe Torres has evaded capture. Three others are serving sentences for the boy’s death.

Investigators are requesting that anyone with information related to this crime contact the Curry County Sheriff’s Office at 769-2335, or they can remain anonymous by calling Curry County Crime Stoppers at 763-7000.