As people in football jerseys prepare to watch a match, police say two suspects entered and opened fire through an open door to the backyard. Police said witnesses only saw "the light from the gun shine".
Community funerals should now plan, prepare for the coming New Year and try to understand the tragedy of the police to determine who is responsible for the final deadly shooting.
All of the victims were part of the Hmong community, a refugee group from Laos who helped the United States during the Vietnam War and rescued pilots who were shot down. 30,000 – 40,000 Hmong died in battle.
The last big wave of Hmong refugees moved to Fresno about 20 years ago, according to Miguel Arias, a Fresno city councilor who helped regroup the group as legislative assistant for the US House of Representatives about 20 years ago.
Arias says the community is truly integrated into American culture. They recently reached several milestones, including opening a museum celebrating Hmong's heritage and selecting the first council members.
"All of these milestones were primarily positive, first school board members, doctors, pharmacists, mayors, all in the Central Valley. They were positive.
Police believe attack was targeted
Police are investigating the shooting that occurred shortly before 8:00 in the evening. Sunday. Arias calls the neighborhood "the heart of the community", blocking it only from the Hmong shopping center, which is called the "Asian Village" by local people.
When they arrived, Fresno Police Chief Michael Reid said that the respondents had already found three dead men and started CPR for others.
"There were two blood-covered officers who really needed to be disinfected, took a shower and tried to change the uniforms as they changed," said Anthony Martinez, commander of Fresno's southeastern region. police.
According to police, the shooting was not random. The shooters were targeting someone "disturbed" in his home earlier this week. Fresno Police Chief Andrew Hall told reporters on Monday
Yang said that the Hmong community in Fresno is still working in a traditional tribal style and is working with clans of 28 different families identified by the surname of their clan. The elders of these clans were consulted about shooting, and Yang works as a link between the police, the elderly, the media and the community.
He said the elected officials were particularly supportive of society as they sought to navigate these new and dreadful waters.
Arias also spoke to elderly and Hmong leaders who were H still in shock ları to face a tragedy of this magnitude that was considered a secure community.
As The elderly suffered the worst human trauma in the war. The elders were all soldiers. Some were soldiers as a child. They were generals, lieutenants colonel in the Laos army.. Için For them, this kind of event doesn't take place outside the battlefield, rather than watching the most American experience of having a Sunday football game with your family. ”
The victims were artists.
On Monday, police identified victims as Xy Lee, 23, Phia Vang, 31, Kalaxang Thao, 40 and Kou Xiong, 38. Lee, Wang and Thao were residents of Fresno.
Yang said Lee is a well-known artist in the community and will be entertained during the Hmong New Year Festival, which attracts more than 100,000 people to the Fresno area each year. According to Yang, a second player escaped injuries during the shooting.
Yang said that the harm done to society and the family was enormous. "[Lee was] very young and had a lot in front. For this heartless and meaningless event to happen, there are no words to describe. "
Arias and Yang work for both raise funds to help families with funeral expenses, to pay the debt of the dead. Hmong cultural beliefs require the deceased to leave the world without debt. Arias, part of the ceremony in the family is to determine who will pay the outstanding debt.
Families will also pay to feed the community for a three-day service. What makes the situation more complicated is that Hmong is confident and often does not want help with financial needs.
Arias, we aim to give back to us the efforts of himself and the community and to pay and recover what he has given us for years.
In this case, they hope to earn about $ 100,000 for the Crimestoppers' award for information.
He says they want to encourage more people who want to stand out, but those who may need to move more.
Arias said he had received a $ 5,000 commitment from at least 12 people to contribute to the award of the information in the case and plans to announce GoFundMe and the growing prize money on Wednesday.