An argument over a dog turned deadly in northwest Fresno Thursday night. Officers were called to the area of Bullard and West Avenues at about 5:30 p.m. for reports of a disturbance. When officers arrived on scene they found a man with several gunshot wounds, one of them was in the head. Witnesses described hearing as many as 10 shots ring out in the apartment complex before police arrived.
Reliable sources have identified the victim as 59-year-old Frank Cardoza and the shooter as 74-year-old Dan Anderson.
Fresno Police say the two were neighbors at a condominium complex called Bullard West. Cardoza has a dog who would occasionally go into Anderson's backyard. It has been an ongoing dispute between the two for 5 years.
Police say Thursday evening, the two men got into a physical fight in front of their condos over the dog. Both men eventually went back into their homes. Moments later, police say Anderson began banging on Cardoza's door, yelling at him to go outside. When Cardoza got out of his home, Anderson shot him. Police say as Cardoza was laying face down on the ground, Anderson shot at him two more times, once in the head.
Police say Anderson then took off in his maroon Acura. Officers later spotted the car at a parking lot in front of Macaroni Grill at River Park. When officers surrounded the car, Anderson shot himself in the mouth, taking his own life.
The investigation in this case is still ongoing.