FRESNO, Calif. -- Police issued an arrest warrant for Terry
Pettis, saying the former Fresno State basketball player is the
only suspect in a shooting and robbery that left one college
student dead and another injured.
Rene Shannon Abbot and her boyfriend, Kent Wolf, were sitting in
a car in a parking lot near Fresno State when Pettis allegedly
approached the two and shot them, police chief Jerry Dyer said in a
press conference Tuesday.
Abbot, an 18-year-old college student, died. Her boyfriend was
"We believe Terry Pettis is responsible for the murder and the
shooting," Dyer said. "We are hopeful that Mr. Pettis will turn
himself in to authorities today."
Fresno lawyer Ernest Kinney was attempting Tuesday to reach Pettis at his family's home in Minnesota.
Kinney said he is helping to negotiate a surrender but he won't represent Pettis.
Police believe the reason for the attack was robbery, but could
not comment on what was taken from the victims, saying that
information was essential to the investigation. Dyer said there is
no indication Pettis knew the victims, but investigators believe
the attack was planned in advance.
"This was not a random act of violence," Dyer said.
The police chief said they believe Pettis fired the shots,
although the weapon has still not been found. Investigators are
still trying to find possible witnesses, and to locate some of
Pettis' former team members for questioning.
"We're working with the university to get in touch with those
individuals," Dyer said.
In October 2003, the basketball player pleaded no
contest to misdemeanor vandalism and battery charges. He was
sentenced to three year's probation and told to get counseling.
Coach Ray Lopes reinstated Pettis, but had to suspend him again
when Pettis went into a 30-day inpatient substance abuse program in
Pettis spent one week in jail in April for violating the terms
of his probation and not finishing the court-mandated batterer's
Pettis was averaging 12.8 points per game last season before he
was suspended from the team in February.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.