Cops: Backyard Mass Shooting Was Retaliation

6 suspected gang members arrested in Fresno
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2019 2:48 PM CST
Suspected Gang Members Arrested in Backyard Shooting
In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, Neej Xiong, uncle of shooting victim Kour Xiong, prays in front of a memorial during a candlelight vigil in Fresno, Calif.   (Larry Valenzuela/The Fresno Bee via AP)

A backyard rampage that stunned the close-knit Hmong community in Fresno, California, was carried out by a gang bent on revenge, police say. Six suspected gang members were arrested in the November shooting that left four people dead and six injured, reports the Fresno Bee. Police Chief Andy Hall said two shooters opened fire with semiautomatic weapons on a crowd gathered in the backyard in retaliation for the murder of a fellow gang member hours earlier. However, none of the victims at the Hmong party are believed to be associated with a gang, reports USA Today. It's not clear if the shooting was a case of mistaken identity. (Some of the slain partygoers were noted singers.)

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