Fresno shooting: ‘Several dead’ as at least 9 are shot at football party after ‘gunman sneaks into yard and opens fire’

SEVERAL people have reportedly been killed after at least nine were gunned down at a garden football party in California on Sunday night.

A huge manhunt is underway for a suspect who is believed to have sneaked into the backyard event in Fresno, California, before opening fire.

 A huge emergency response in Fresno, California, after reports that at least nine people had been shot

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A huge emergency response in Fresno, California, after reports that at least nine people had been shotCredit: Twitter / Dennis Velera

Emergency services rushed to the scene in the southeast of the city at around 6pm local time (9pm EST, 2am GMT) to reports of multiple gunshots.

Fresno Police later described the incident as a “mass casualty shooting”, Lt Bill Dooley said.

There was a party in the backyard of a home to watch a football game when at least one suspect crept in and fired into the crowd, Dooley said.

There has been no official confirmation on the number of fatalities or conditions of the wounded.

But at least three were reported dead at the scene, according to emergency service dispatch radio trackers.

Six others were said to have been rushed to the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.

The Fresno Bee reported that neighbors, who declined to be named for safety reasons, said they heard multiple gunshots.

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