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Four dead after gunman opens fire at California backyard party

A gunman started shooting after entering the backyard of a south Fresno home where a gathering of family and friends was watching a football game

By: Reuters | Fresno | Updated: November 18, 2019 1:43:55 pm
california shooting, mass shooting fresno california, us mass shootings, fresno backyard shooting Police and emergency personnel work at the scene of a shooting at a backyard party (Larry Valenzuela/The Fresno Bee via AP)

At least four people were killed and six injured after a gunman opened fire at a football game party in the California city of Fresno.

A gunman started shooting after entering the backyard of a south Fresno home where a gathering of family and friends was watching a football game after 6 p.m., police said, and neighbors flooded 911 dispatchers with calls for help.

The suspect fled the scene and police were combing the neighborhood for witnesses and possible security camera footage.

Police did not release the number of dead at a news conference late on Sunday, but said there were multiple deaths among the nine known to have been shot in the city, about 200 miles (322 km) north of Los Angeles.

Others at the party may have driven themselves to hospital, police said, adding that some victims were taken to a nearby community medical center with gunshot wounds.

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