California Hmong in Mourning After Deadly Attack
Members of the ethnic Hmong community in Fresno, California are in mourning after gunmen shot 10 men killing four over the weekend.
Police said at least two men armed with semi-automatic handguns entered the backyard of a house and started shooting into a crowd. About 16 men had gathered there to watch a football game on television. The gunmen did not speak, and no one had a good look at them. Police said witnesses only saw flashes of gunfire in the dark.
Sunday evening's attack killed Xy Lee, a popular Hmong singer and musician. His YouTube videos have been viewed millions of times. Also killed were Phia Vang, Kou Xiong, and Kalaxang Thao. Officials said six were wounded including three in serious condition. Women and children inside the house were not hit.
Pao Yang is head of the Fresno Center, a Hmong community group. He said, "Our community is in mourning, and we still don't know what's going on, or who are the suspects."
On Xy Lee's YouTube channel, one fan wrote, "We will miss you so, so, so much brother Xy. Rest well. We will meet again." Another added, "Your songs hit hard this time around. RIP brother."
Paula Yang is a friend of the homeowner, whose brother, Kou Xiong, died in the attack. She said the shooting has many in the community fearful.
Yang said, "Even right now, families are gathering inside saying, what can we do to protect our home from this day forward?"
The Hmong are an ethnic group from the mountain areas separating Laos and Vietnam. Many fled after fighting alongside the United States during the Vietnam War. The 2017 census estimates about 300,000 Hmong live in the U.S., including 25,000 in Fresno.
The Fresno police chief said, "This is truly a good group of people who were simply having a party." However, the police are investigating whether the shooting was connected to a recent "disturbance" involving some of the people at the party.
While they had not found any gang connections to the victims, Fresno police are concerned about the possibility of retaliation or more violence ahead of the Hmong New Year. The celebration comes the week after Christmas and draws thousands of Hmong to Fresno.
Police said there have been 11 violent incidents related to Asian gangs in Fresno this year, three of them in November.
The Fresno shooting was also the third mass shooting in four days in California.
Last Thursday, a 16-year-old boy killed two students and wounded three others at his high school in Santa Clarita, near Los Angeles, before killing himself.
On Saturday, a San Diego man shot and killed his wife and three of their sons before killing himself. A fourth son was on life-support.
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周日晚上的枪击案导致颇受欢迎的苗族歌手及音乐家Xy Lee遇难 。他的YouTube视频播放量高达数百万 。遇难者还有Phia Vang、Kou Xiong以及Kalaxang Thao 。官员们称，另有6人受伤，其中3人伤势严重 。房内的妇女和儿童幸免于难 。
Pao Yang是弗雷斯诺中心苗族社区组织的负责人 。他说：“我们社区正在哀悼遇难者，我们不知道发生了什么，也不知道嫌犯的来路 。”
在Xy Lee的YouTube频道上，一名粉丝哀悼称：“我们会非常非常想念你，兄弟 。安息吧，天堂再会 。”另一名粉丝也写道：“你的歌曲这次受到了沉重打击，安息吧兄弟 。”
Paula Yang是房东的朋友，其兄弟Kou Xiong是遇难者之一 。她说，这起枪击案导致社区人心惶惶 。
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弗雷斯诺市警察局长表示：“这只是一群善良的人在开派对而已 。”但是，警方正在调查枪击案是否与派对参与者近期卷入的一场“骚乱”有关 。
尽管他们没有发现受害者与任何帮派存在联系，但是弗雷斯诺市警方担心，在苗族新年来临前，可能会发生报复或更多暴力事件 。苗族新年庆祝活动将在圣诞节后一周举行，吸引数千名苗族人来到弗雷斯诺市 。
周六，圣地亚哥一名男子开枪击毙了其妻子和三个儿子后自杀 。他的第4个儿子正在抢救中 。