News ID: 261729
Published: 0120 GMT November 18, 2019

Four dead after attack at California backyard party

Four dead after attack at California backyard party

Police and emergency personnel are at the scene of the shooting in Fresno, CA, the US, on November 17, 2019.

Four people were shot dead in Fresno, California, after suspects entered a backyard party and fired into the crowd, police said.

The shooting took place at about 6:00 p.m. at a residence in the southeast of the city where people were gathered to watch a football game, according to Fresno police, The Associated Press reported.

Michael Reid, the deputy police chief, told the Fresno Bee and the KSEE/KGPE TV stations that 10 people had been shot, with three found dead in the backyard. A fourth victim died at the hospital.

Six others were expected to survive and were recovering at the hospital, police said. All the victims were Asian men aged 25 and 35, Reid said.

The Fresno police lieutenant, Bill Dooley, said the shooting took place at a backyard gathering of family and friends. Guests were watching football when unknown suspects approached the residence, entered the backyard and opened fire, he said.

The victims were taken to Community Regional Medical Center, with some in a critical but stable condition, local media reported. About 35 people were at the party when the shooting began, Reid said.

No suspect is in custody. Police said there was no immediate indication that the victims knew the assailant or assailants.

Police were going door-to-door in search of surveillance video that might help them track down the suspects. The shooting took place about a half-mile (0.8km) from the city’s airport.

Agents from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives field office in San Francisco were at the scene, the Bee reported.

It was at least the second fatal gun attack on Sunday in southeast Fresno, the Bee reported. A man in his 20s was shot to death earlier in the day at a home in another part of the city.





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