At Least 4 Dead, 6 Injured After Backyard Shooting In Fresno, California

At least four people were killed and six others injured after at least two people trespassed onto a residence and shot ten individuals standing in the backyard of a football-watching party.

The victims were among 35 people reportedly watching the Sunday Night Football game when an unknown number of people jumped a fence, indiscriminately opened gunfire and fled the scene, USA Today reports. All ten of the victims were in the backyard and those people in the house at the time of the shooting were unharmed.

According to the report, law enforcement has been unable to track down the “unknown suspects.”

“This was a gathering, a family and friend gathering in the backyard, ” Fresno Police Lt. Bill Dooley said per the report. “Everyone was watching football this evening when unknown suspects approached the residence, snuck into the backyard and opened fire.”

USA Today adds:

Little is known about the suspects in the shooting. Police have yet to release a description of the shooters.

It is unclear if more than one shooter was involved.

Police said the victims likely did not know the suspects. No one has been arrested in connection with the shooting.

The shooting did not appear to be gang-related, Fresno police said, but the possibility was not ruled out. The motivation for the attack remains unclear.

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Law enforcement has yet to share the identities of the deceased.

These victims were taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.

This was reportedly the second shooting incident in southeast Fresno on Sunday.

A man in his 20s was fatally shot early Sunday at a home in the area. Police did not specify whether the two shootings were connected.

Sunday’s shooting in Fresno also follows two other incidents of gun violence in California. In Santa Clarita, a suburb in Los Angeles County, a 16-year-old shot and killed two classmates at Saugus High School, and wounded three others, before shooting himself Thursday.

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