Four dead in Fresno mass shooting during football party

Four dead in Fresno mass shooting during football party

Police in California, have confirmed that four people are dead and six others injured following a shooting at a east-central Fresno backyard gathering on Sunday evening.

The tragedy occurred around 6:00pm local time, when unknown suspects entered the garden where a group of family and friends were watching a football match.

Deputy police chief Michael Reid told the Fresno Bee and the KSEE/KGPE TV stations that 10 people had been shot. Three of the victims were found dead in the backyard and a fourth victim died at the hospital.

You can see Deputy police chief Michael Reid's update on the situation below:

The other six shooting victims are injured, but expected to survive and are recovering at the hospital. The New York Post has also reported that none of the shooting victims have been immediately identified.

Reid told reporters at the scene: "Thank God that no kids were hurt. We’ll do everything we can to find out who the perpetrators are and bring them to justice."

Per the Metro, Fresno Police Luitenent Bill Dooley has said: "What we do know is that this was a gathering, a family and friend gathering in the backyard.

"Everyone was watching football this evening when unknown suspects approached the residence, snuck into the backyard and opened fire."

Agents from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives field office in San Francisco are responding to the shooting.

This was at least the second fatal gun attack to occur in southeast Fresno yesterday evening. A man in his 20s was fatally shot early Sunday at a home in another part of the city. Police have not revealed whether or not the incidents could be connected, but that the gunmen are still on the loose.

KSEE/KGPE TV did confirm that police are studying a neighbor's surveillance video in an attempt to ID the suspects.