1 Arrested, 1 Wanted for Shooting Man & 4-Year-old Son at Hanford Gas Station


HANFORD, CA (KMJ) – A suspect wanted for shooting a 4-year-old and his 29-year-old father outside a Hanford gas station has turned himself in to police.

On Monday, Sept. 9, 26-year-old Luis Castillo turned himself into detectives.

Luis Castillo, 26. Photo: KCSO


He was booked into the Kings County Jail for Attempted Murder, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and Criminal Street Gang Activity.

Hanford Police Sergeant Justin Valin says the shooting took place near 12th Avenue and Hanford-Armona Road just before 2:00am on Sunday.

“They encountered two subjects inside the gas station. Some words were exchanged, outside, then it led to inside. 29-year-old victim was hit 3 times in the upper torso, and the 4-year-old child was hit in the head,” said Sgt. Valin.

The man got into his vehicle and the argument continued. As the victim drove towards the two suspects, he was shot by one of them. When officers arrived on scene they found the car had collided with a pole just north of the intersection of 12th Avenue and Hanford-Armona Road.

Both were rushed to a nearby hospital. The 4-year-old had a laceration to his head but Police said the young boy’s wound was not considered life threatening.


Luis Avila, 26. Photo: KCSO


Officers are still actively looking for the second suspect, 26-year-old Luis Avila.

Investigators from the Kings County Major Crimes Task Force believed the crime is gang related.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hanford Police Detective Raymond Dias at (559) 585-2535