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Police say victims of Fresno football party shooting were "targeted"


Added 11-18-19 06:10:03pm EST - “Gunmen who killed four men and wounded six others at a backyard football-viewing...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Police say victims of Fresno football party shooting were "targeted"”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

(Reuters) - Gunmen who killed four men and wounded six others at a backyard football-viewing party of mostly ethnic Hmong had targeted the residence in Fresno, California, possibly in retaliation for a previous altercation, police said on Monday.

The Sunday night shooting rampage shook the close-knit neighborhood, home to mostly Latino and Southeast Asian families, and prompted police to form a task force to look at the activities of Asian gangs in the central valley hub about 160 miles (260 km) southeast of San Francisco.

“Two of my officers were actually covered in blood and had to be decontaminated, go shower and change their uniforms based on what they landed in and were trying to fix,” Fresno Police Chief Andy Hall told reporters.

“They are hurting a bit in that neighborhood right now and officers are hurting too,” Hall said. “We’re going to do everything we can to get this matter resolved on all levels.”

None of the people at the party had any known affiliations with gangs, Hall said, describing the gathering as a “very peaceful, very quiet” family event of about 30 people before the two gunmen showed up.

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