Fresno, Calif. –-(Ammoland.com)- For the second time in less than a week, the Nation's most stringent gun laws in California have failed to protect its citizens.
Just before 8 p.m. on Sunday night, around 40 people were gathered at a home watching football at a party in Fresno, CA, when at least two gunmen entered the residence's backyard on foot and opened fired into the crowd standing outside. The shooters managed to hit ten of the people, killing four men and wounding six others. Three of the four killed died at the scene of the crime. One victim died at the Community Regional Medical Center.
All the victims were Asian adult men. There were women and children in attendance at the party, but the killers did not shoot anyone besides the adult males. All the victims were between the ages of 23 and 40.
“Thank God that no kids were hurt,” said Fresno Police Deputy Chief Michael Reid while speaking to reporters.
The suspects managed to flee the scene before the police arrived. Police have not been able to determine the getaway car or the exact numbers of suspects. They are going door-to-door, seeking out information and surveillance footage of the crime to try to identify the number of suspects and the getaway car.
Deputy Chief Reid believes that the shooting was unlikely to be a random act of violence. He thinks the attackers targeted the party or someone at the party. They do not believe the attack to be gang-related but also do not have a motive. They also noted that there is no history of any disturbances at the residence.
“My heart goes out to the families that are victims of this senseless violence,” Reid said the press conference. “We are going to do everything we can to find out who the perpetrators are and bring them to justice.”
Police do not know much about what led up to the shooting. They are asking for the publics' help. Police are urging anyone with information should come forward and speak with them.
“What we do know is that this was a gathering, a family and friend gathering in the backyard,” Lt. Bill Dooley, a spokesman for the Fresno Police Department, told reporters during the press conference. “Everyone was watching football this evening when unknown suspects approached the residence, snuck into the backyard, and opened fire.”
At least two of the victims shot were famous Hmong singers. Xyy Lee died at the scene, and JN Vang underwent surgery for the injuries he sustained in the attack. Lee's videos have garnered over 17 million views on YouTube. The Hmong are an ethnic group that originated in the mountainous region of East and Southeast Asian. Many immigrated to California after the Vietnam War.
On Monday morning, agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives field office in San Francisco responded to the scene. The agents are assisting local authorities in the investigation into the shooting.
Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call Fresno PD at 559-621-7000.
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