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4 dead, 6 wounded in California football party shooting

Published:Monday | November 18, 2019 | 9:28 AM
Fresno Police Bill Dooley speaks to reporters at the scene of a shooting at a backyard party Sunday, November 17, 2019, in southeast Fresno, California. (Larry Valenzuela/The Fresno Bee via AP)

FRESNO, California (AP) — Four people were killed and six more wounded when “unknown suspects” sneaked into a backyard filled with people at a party in central California and fired into the crowd, police said.

The shooting took place about 6:00 p.m. on the Fresno’s southeast side, where people were gathered to watch a football game, Fresno Police Lieutenant  Bill Dooley said.

Deputy Chief Michael Reid told the Fresno Bee and the KSEE/KGPE TV stations that a total of 10 people were shot, with three found dead in the backyard.

A fourth person died at the hospital. Six others are expected to survive and are recovering at the hospital.

All the victims were Asian men ranging from ages 25 to 35, Reid said.

“What we do know is that this was a gathering, a family and friend gathering in the backyard,” Dooley said.

“Everyone was watching football this evening when unknown suspects approached the residence, snuck into the backyard and opened fire.”

The victims were taken to Community Regional Medical Center in critical condition, and some are now stable, the TV stations reported.

About 35 people were at the party when the shooting began, Reid said.

“Thank God that no kids were hurt,” he said.

No one is in custody in connection with the shooting.

Police said there was no immediate indication that the victims knew the shooter or shooters.

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