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Police hunt two suspects in latest California mass shooting

/ 07:39 AM November 19, 2019

LOS ANGELES — California police on Monday probed possible links to Asian gang violence in the state’s latest mass shooting, after at least two suspects shot dead four men during a backyard football game screening.

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The attack took place Sunday evening in central California’s Fresno city at the home of members of the Hmong community, police said.

At least two suspects armed with semi-automatic pistols “walked into the backyard and began immediately firing into the crowd” of around 16 people, said Fresno police chief Andy Hall.

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The gunmen fired randomly before fleeing on foot, he added.

Three victims were pronounced dead at the scene while a fourth died in a hospital. Six more were receiving treatment Monday but their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

All of the victims were adult males.

While no motive has been established, Hall said a number of incidents involving Asian gangs had taken place in the area in recent weeks, including one murder.

Some people at the party had been involved in a “disturbance” earlier in the week, he said.

“There is no indication that the residents, or anyone at the residence, were affiliated with a gang,” said Hall.

“However, whenever we have a major incident like this we always look towards criminal and gang activity.”

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To avoid possible “retaliation” and prevent any outbreak of violence, the Fresno police would set up a task force specifically dedicated to Asian gangs, he added.

Edited by MUF
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