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4 killed in attack at football watch party in US

10 people were shot, four of them fatally, at a party in Fresno, California when suspects snuck into the backyard and fired into the crowd on Sunday, police said.

4 killed in attack at football watch party in US
Bengaluru, First Published Nov 18, 2019, 4:09 PM IST
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Washington DC: 10 people were shot, among whom four were killed on Sunday at a party in Fresno, California when suspects snuck into a backyard filled with people and fired into the crowd, police said.

The shooting took place at about 6pm on the city’s southeast side where people were gathered to watch a football game, Fresno Police Lt. Bill Dooley said.

Deputy chief Michael Reid told media and local TV stations that a total of 10 people were shot, with three found dead in the backyard. A fourth victim died in hospital.

Six others are expected to survive and are recovering at hospital, a police official stated. All 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 in stable condition, TV stations reported.

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

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

The cops are on a manhunt for the suspects. Police said there was no immediate indication that the victims knew the shooter or shooters.

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 (0.8 kilometres) from the city’s airport.

Agents from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives field office in San Francisco responded to the shooting, a TV station reported.

It was at least the second fatal gun attack Sunday in southeast Fresno, the Bee reported. A man in his 20s was shot to death early Sunday at a home in another part of the city. Police have not said whether the incidents could be connected.

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