4 dead, 6 wounded, manhunt underway in Fresno after 'mass casualty shooting' at football party
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4 dead, 6 wounded, manhunt underway in Fresno after ‘mass casualty shooting’ at football party

James Ward Sheyanne N Romero John Bacon USA TODAY

FRESNO – Authorities were searching for suspects and a motive Monday after four people were killed and six wounded in what police described as a “mass casualty shooting” at an outdoor party to watch football.

The rampage erupted at about 6 p.m. local time Sunday at a backyard party where more than 25 people had gathered to watch the Los Angeles Rams-Chicago Bears football game on TV, police said.

“There were several kids and females in attendance at this party,” Deputy Chief Michael Reid said. “Thank God that no kids were hurt.”

Much of the neighborhood remained blocked off Monday as officers combed the area for clues. Police were interviewing neighbors and seeking surveillance video that might reveal the number of shooters or the car they arrived in.

Three people were killed at the scene and a fourth person died later at a hospital. Five of the wounded were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, and one victim was released with a grazed bullet wound, Reid said. All the fatalities were Asian males 25 to 35, he said.

Officer Clapper waits in the street as Fresno Police investigate a shooting in the 5300 block of East Lamona Avenue on Nov 18, 2019. The shooting happened about 6p.m. in east-central Fresno and left four dead and six wounded during a gathering of about 35 people to watch football in the backyard.

Reid said there is no indication the shooting was gang-related, adding that investigators had not ruled it out. No information was immediately available on the firearms used.

Fresno shooting:What we know now

Mary Lou Martinez said she and her granddaughter were talking their nightly walk around the neighborhood Sunday night when Martinez heard more than six shots being fired.

Martinez, who’s lived in the area for a year, said the sound scared her, but the granddaughter brushed the gunshots off as fireworks.

4 dead, 6 wounded, manhunt underway in Fresno after ‘mass casualty shooting’ at football party

James WardSheyanne N RomeroJohn BaconUSA TODAY0:300:30

FRESNO – Authorities were searching for suspects and a motive Monday after four people were killed and six wounded in what police described as a “mass casualty shooting” at an outdoor party to watch football.

The rampage erupted at about 6 p.m. local time Sunday at a backyard party where more than 25 people had gathered to watch the Los Angeles Rams-Chicago Bears football game on TV, police said.

“There were several kids and females in attendance at this party,” Deputy Chief Michael Reid said. “Thank God that no kids were hurt.”

Much of the neighborhood remained blocked off Monday as officers combed the area for clues. Police were interviewing neighbors and seeking surveillance video that might reveal the number of shooters or the car they arrived in.

Three people were killed at the scene and a fourth person died later at a hospital. Five of the wounded were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, and one victim was released with a grazed bullet wound, Reid said. All the fatalities were Asian males 25 to 35, he said.

Officer Clapper waits in the street as Fresno Police investigate a shooting in the 5300 block of East Lamona Avenue on Nov 18, 2019. The shooting happened about 6p.m. in east-central Fresno and left four dead and six wounded during a gathering of about 35 people to watch football in the backyard.

Reid said there is no indication the shooting was gang-related, adding that investigators had not ruled it out. No information was immediately available on the firearms used.

Fresno shooting:What we know now

Mary Lou Martinez said she and her granddaughter were talking their nightly walk around the neighborhood Sunday night when Martinez heard more than six shots being fired.

Martinez, who’s lived in the area for a year, said the sound scared her, but the granddaughter brushed the gunshots off as fireworks.

However, a few minutes later Fresno police cruisers flew past them, sirens flashing.

“It’s scary because my granddaughter and I go walking at 8 p.m. almost every night,” Martinez said. “I don’t think we’ll do that for awhile.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., released a statement addressing the shooting that said in part:

“The daily tragedy of gun violence continues to inflict terror and violence into communities across the country. Americans deserve real action to keep them safe, but Republicans continue to obstruct meaningful, bipartisan solutions to protect our children and communities. No one’s political survival is more important than the survival of our children.”

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