The following is a synopsis of unsolved murder cases the Delano Police Department currently has under investigation. There is a substantial reward for information that can be used to solve these open cases. Information can be left on the Police Department's "Tip Line", 24 hours a day (661) 721-3369.
1. (Case DG07-0441) Deceased, Miguel “Michael” Angel Cortez
Date & time of occurrence: 01/27/2007 @ 0055 hours
Location: 1011 Austin Street, Delano, CA 93215
The 18 year old male victim was seated on the passenger seat to his vehicle with his 16 year old girlfriend driving. The two went to a friend’s and parked in the driveway where greeted by one of their friends. While seated in the vehicle and conversing with the friend, who was outside of the vehicle, unknown perpetrator(s) drove-by in an unknown dark colored passenger vehicle. The perpetrator(s) fired 4-5 gunshots from the moving vehicle into the victim vehicle killing the 18 year old victim.
2. (Case DG07-1694) Deceased, Steven Fierrero
Date & time of occurrence 03/24/2007 @ 2256 hours
Location: 326 Catalina Place, Delano, CA 93215
14 year old male victim, his older brother and two male adult friends were standing outside the front of his residence when an unknown green or blue passenger type vehicle occupied by unknown perpetrator(s) drove-by and fired a high caliber weapon at the four victims.
The 14 year old victim sustained three gunshot wounds resulting in his death. The brother and the two adult friends suffered gunshot wounds and survived.
3. (Case DG06-06801) Deceased, Edgar Gonzalez
Date & time of occurrence 11/18/2006 @ 2052 hours
Location: 1125 Quincy Street, Delano, CA 93215
Two brothers were in the rear yard of their residence when an unknown suspect(s) entered the rear yard shooting and killing one of the two brothers. The suspect was seen leaving the area in an unknown type passenger vehicle. The suspect was believed to be a passenger in the vehicle which was waiting in the alley.
4. (Case DG06-02343) Deceased, Esequiel Perez
Date & time of occurrence 04/22/2006 @ 2305 hours
Location: 12th Avenue and Fremont Street, Delano, CA 93215
Two male victims, members of a “Southern” street gang, were driving to a local bar and nearing the intersection with 12th Avenue and Fremont Street. A white passenger vehicle was seen driving parallel to the victim vehicle. The white vehicle discharged several gunshots into the victim vehicle. Both male victims sustained gunshot wounds, one of the victims died as a result of the gunshot wound, while being treated at the hospital.
5. (Case DG06-01773) Deceased, Michael Bowers, and Danilo Caraan
Date & time of occurrence 03/24/2006 @ 1252 hours
Location: 16th Ave and Princeton St, Delano, CA 93215
The two male victims in this case were sitting in front of a residence located at the corner of 16th Ave. A primer colored vehicle arrived at the residence, and two males exited the vehicle and approached the two victims. The two males who exited the vehicle, produced hand guns and shot the two victims, at close range in the head. There were many witness to the shooting, but none have been able to identify the shooters in this case.