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‘Many, many’ shots fired, four wounded at southeast Fresno party

June 14, 2016

Four teenagers were rushed to a hospital with gunshot wounds Monday morning after “many, many shots” were fired at a party in southeast Fresno, police said.

The victims include a 19-year-old woman who was shot “many times” in the lower body, a 14-year-old boy who was shot in the arm, a 19-year-old man who was shot in the arm and leg and a 16-year-old boy who was shot in the chest, arm and leg.

A pit bull dog also was shot at the home on East El Monte Way at South Recreation Avenue. The shooter was still at large.

Police were alerted to the shootings by the department’s ShotSpotter system, Lt. Joe Gomez said. Officers found the female victim in the front yard. An officer found the 14-year-old when he stopped a car nearby. The other two victims were taken to a hospital by friends.

Gomez said it appeared the shootings happened at a house set up for a large event, possibly a graduation party. Inside the home, officers found a long table set up for beer pong, along with alcohol and a large number of plastic drinking cups.

There were many people on hand when officers arrived, and police called for additional help to begin interviews. Crime-scene unit investigators were brought in to see if any of the partygoers had gunshot residue on their clothes.

Gomez said it appeared the shooter or shooters opened fire after walking up to the party, then fled. As to a motive, the lieutenant said police were only beginning to investigate that. He said it could be gang retaliation, an angry ex-boyfriend or something else.

“Who knows?” Gomez said.

The Fresno Bee