4 shot dead while watching football game in backyard in California, say police

Los Angeles: Four people were shot dead and six others wounded while watching a football game in the backyard of a central California home on Sunday, police said.

“Three people died on scene,” deputy Fresno police chief Michael Reed told reporters.

“One was critical and… succumbed to his injuries” after being rushed to a hospital, he added.

A suspect sneaked into the backyard of the home and opened fire on those who had gathered there, according to Fresno Police Lt. Bill Dooley.

The shooting took place just before 8 p.m. local time.

The victims found in the backyard were between the ages of 25 and 30. No children were injured in the shooting, police said.

The shooter was able to escape and police do not know their identity, Dooley said. It is, however, possible the person was known to the victims.

Five people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said. Another person suffered a bullet graze wound.

The suspect never entered the home, according to police, where about 35 people were gathered for the viewing party.