2 dead at party are Hmong entertainers

Authorities say they’re investigating if there’s a connection between the shooting and a disturbance that some of the men at the party were involved in last week.

Posted: Nov 17, 2019 9:45 PM
Updated: Nov 18, 2019 3:08 PM

FRESNO, Calif. - Authorities say they’re trying to prevent any more violence, including possible retribution, after a shooting at a backyard party killed four men and wounded six others.

Fresno Police Chief Andrew Hall said Monday that a family of Hmong people were having a party when the house was targeted Sunday.

The CEO of the Fresno Center, Pao Yang, said two of the dead were well-known Hmong entertainers.

Hall says police have seen a spike in Asian gang violence and are worried about a possible escalation leading up to Hmong new year starting next month.

He says there’s no evidence that anyone at the house was tied to gangs but says the department is establishing a gang task force to investigate.

Authorities say they’re investigating if there’s a connection between the shooting and a disturbance that some of the men at the party were involved in last week.

Fresno has a large community of people of the Hmong ethnic group from Southeast Asia.

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As police search for suspects and a motive in the killing of four people at a backyard party in Fresno, California, neighbors say they are scared because there have been other shootings in the same neighborhood recently.

Choua Vang tells the Fresno Bee in a story published Monday that his neighbor’s house was shot at last week and that he feels unsafe being outside after dark.

Ten people were shot in Sunday’s shooting. Authorities have said “unknown suspects” sneaked into the backyard filled with people at the party and fired into the crowd.

Vang says he is worried about his family members who work overnight shifts and that his family is thinking of moving out of the Fresno neighborhood.

Fresno Police spokesman Lt. Mark Hudson did not immediately return email and phone messages Monday seeking comment.

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10:10 p.m. Sunday

Police in central California say 10 people were shot at a backyard party, and four them died.

Fresno police say the shooting took place about 6 p.m. Sunday on the city’s southeastern side.

Fresno Police Deputy Chief Michael Reid tells the Fresno Bee and the KSEE/KGPE TV stations that 10 people were shot, and three people were found dead in the backyard. A fourth victim died at the hospital.

Police say six others are expected to survive and are recovering at the hospital.

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.

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Police say at least nine people were shot at a party in Fresno in what appears to be a “mass casualty shooting,” local media report.

Fresno police Lt. Bill Dooley says the shooting took place about 6 p.m. Sunday on the city’s southeast side.

Dooley says there was a party in the backyard of a home to watch a football game when the shooting suspects sneaked in and fired into the crowd.

Dooley tells the Fresno Bee and the KSEE/KGPE TV stations that at least nine people were shot, with several people being found dead in the backyard.

There’s not an exact number of the people who died.

The TV stations report that others were taken to Community Regional Medical Center in critical condition, and some are in critical but stable condition.

No suspect is in custody.

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