Family mourns Delano man shot, killed

DELANO, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Carl Harris said Monday afternoon began like any other in his household. He said his 20-year-old son, Cody Harris, went to the park, just a couple blocks away, to ride his skateboard.

The quiet night quickly became a nightmare.

"I got a pound on the door," the father described Tuesday, saying he thought his son had come home, only to find police officers there to tell him that his son had been shot and killed.

Carl Harris had a chance to speak to his son's friend, who he said described the shooting. The friend told Carl Harris that a man approached Cody Harris, identified himself as a gang member, asked Cody Harris if he was in a gang, and then shot Cody Harris when Cody said, "I don't bang," according to the father.

A Delano police commander said Cody Harris didn't have any known gang ties, but the city has had its challenges fighting the growing gang violence.