Four people were shot dead and six others wounded when someone sneaked into a backyard and opened fire on a group gathered to watch a football game in Fresno, California late on Sunday, November 17th, Fresno police said on November 18th, according to AFP.
Neighbours soon flooded 911 dispatchers with calls for help after at least one person opened fire on a crowd of about 35 people gathered outside the house in Fresno, around 200 miles (320 kilometres) north of Los Angeles.
"Three people died on scene," Fresno deputy police chief Michael Reed stated, adding that a fourth was rushed to hospital in a critical condition and succumbed to his injuries there.
All four of the dead and the six treated for "non-life-threatening" gunshot wounds were men aged between 25 and 35, Reed said. “Our heart goes out to the families of the victims... this is senseless violence. We are doing everything we can to bring the perpetrators to justice,” he added.
There was "no indication" of how many perpetrators had been involved in the shooting. However, police spokesperson Bill Dooley said officers were looking for surveillance footage and witnesses to track the suspects.