Jacqueline Flores died Friday after a tragic shooting in Fresno, Calif. on July 27. Flores succumbed to her injuries after three days in the hospital where she was “fighting for her life”. Police said Flores suffered a bullet wound to the head last week while sitting with her daughter in their parked vehicle.
As of Monday night, police do not know whether Flores was the intended target. It’s unclear whether the shooting was an accident or if Flores was mistaken for somebody else.
Police responded to a call about a shooting victim on Tuesday night near Kearney Boulevard and Thorne Avenue in Fresno. Officers found Jacqueline Flores with a single bullet wound to her head. They rushed her to a nearby hospital where she died three days later.
Flores was “fighting for her life and listed in grave condition,” police said on Thursday. Fresno Police tweeted an update, claiming that “sadly, Jacqueline Flores passed away on Friday evening from the injuries she received.”
The 25-year-old mother is not believed to have been the intended target of the Fresno shooting. Flores’ 6-year-old daughter was sitting in the backseat of the car when a single bullet crashed through the rear window. While the girl was not hurt during the shooting, investigators reported that the bullet came from the back of the car before striking Jacqueline Flores.
“Investigators do not believe that Flores was the intended target,” Fresno Police tweeted in their statement Sunday. “This senseless act of violence may have been a case of mistaken identity.” It’s unclear who the intended target may have been. A spokesperson for the Fresno Police Department explained that the investigation is still ongoing. Authorities are trying to understand what happened on Tuesday night.
Police have not identified a suspect in the shooting. Anyone with information that can lead to an arrest is urged to contact their local law enforcement or the Fresno Police Department. Those with potential video, photographs, or digital evidence that may reveal key details about the shooting last Tuesday are asked to upload them through Fresno Police Department’s online portal.
Reports say Jacqueline Flores was a student at California State University Fresno before she was tragically killed. She worked in the nearby garlic fields, according to her cousin Odalis Tepec.
Tepec told KGPE that “to me, she was like a big sister. Every time I needed someone to talk to, she was always there. It was hard to believe. It felt like it could have been a dream, like, we just had to wake up. But it wasn’t.”
Jacqueline Flores was a dedicated mother, Tepec admitted. “She was always with her daughter. Always.” Tepec said Flores’ 6-year-old daughter was her “main priority.”
“Jaqi wants the best for her,” Odalis Tepec explained. “And us, as family, we’re going to make that happen. We’re never going to leave her to the side.”
The Flores family has banded together to help the police find Jacqueline’s killer. On their GoFundMe page, the Flores family asks for any information that can help police catch the shooter. So far, the page has helped spread awareness of the tragic Fresno shooting. It has also raised over $11,000 as of Monday night.
“Everyone has been asking me how could they help or if I needed anything to let them know,” Alex Flores wrote on the GoFundMe page. “Well [I’ve] made this to let you guys help us out with food and drinks. Any amount will help us. She didn’t deserve this. If you also know anything about what happen[ed] contact the police to help catch the person that did this.”