10 Shot, 4 Killed During Mass Shooting At Backyard Football Game Party
Fresno, CA – Four men were murdered and six more were wounded when a gunman opened fire at a backyard football game party on Sunday night.
Approximately 35 to 40 friends and family members were gathered in the backyard of a home in the 5300-block of East Lamona Avenue to watch a televised football game, The Fresno Bee reported.
Just before 8 p.m., an unknown gunman snuck into the yard and opened fire, striking 10 male partygoers.
“What we do know is that this was a gathering – a family-and-friend gathering in the backyard,” Fresno Police Department (FPD) Lieutenant Bill Dooley told reporters during a press conference on Sunday night. “Everyone was watching football this evening when unknown suspects approached the residence, snuck into the backyard and opened fire.”
First responders arrived at the scene within minutes, The Fresno Bee reported.
Three of the shooting victims were found dead at the scene.
A fourth victim was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center, where he succumbed to his wounds.
Five wounded victims were transported to the hospital in critical but stable condition, according to WUSA.
A sixth victim suffered a graze wound, and was being treated at a different hospital, CNN reported.
Police said that the victims were all Asian men who were between the ages of 25 and 35, according to WUSA.
"Luckily, most of the women and children were inside," FPD Deputy Chief Michael Reid said, according to NBC News.
The gunman fled the area prior to the officers’ arrival, and investigators were going door-to-door in search of security footage or information that could help them track the suspect down.
Police said it is “very likely” that the incident was a targeted attack, but provided no potential motive, NBC News reported.
"It’s very likely that it was targeted — we just don’t know why," Chief Reid said.
The chief noted that there was no history of calls at the residence where the shooting occurred, CNN reported.
Police have not released a description of the gunman or a potential suspect vehicle
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also responded to assist with the investigation, The Fresno Bee reported.
"My heart goes out to the families that are victims of this senseless violence," Chief Reid said, according to CNN. "We are going to do everything we can to find out who the perpetrators are and bring them to justice."
Fresno City Councilman Luis Chavez, who represents the southeast neighborhood where the mass shooting occurred, said the attack was “senseless,” The Fresno Bee reported.
“Our prayers are with the families of the many victims of this recent senseless and criminal act in our community,” Chavez said. “This action is not a reflection of our community, and our officers are working diligently to piece together the sequence of events that led up to this, but more importantly, to bring all those involved to justice.”