FRESNO — Fresno Police have confirmed four people were killed and at least six wounded in what police in this central California city are describing as a “mass casualty shooting.”
Three people were killed at the scene, Fresno Police said. A fourth person died later at the hospital.
Five of the wounded are in critical condition at local hospitals, and one victim was released with a minor grazed bullet wound, BC30 Fresno reported.
“Unknown suspects” burst into a backyard party where people had gathered to watch the Los Angeles Rams-Chicago Bears Sunday Night Football game, Fresno Police reported. The suspects remain at large.
“What we do know is that this was a gathering, a family and friend gathering in the backyard, ” Lt. Bill Dooley said. “Everyone was watching football this evening when unknown suspects approached the residence, snuck into the backyard and opened fire.”
He added, “Several individuals are deceased in the backyard.”
The shooting took place about 6 p.m. on the city’s southeast side, Dooley said. There is no indication the shooting was gang-related, police say.
It was at least the second fatal gun attack Sunday in southeast Fresno. 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.
Contributing: The Associated Press