Crime

2 dead in southeast Fresno house party shooting

Fresno police are investigating a double homicide on Ninth Street just south of Church Avenue that happened during a house party early Saturday, May 23, 2015. The block on Ninth Street remained closed at midday Saturday.
Fresno police are investigating a double homicide on Ninth Street just south of Church Avenue that happened during a house party early Saturday, May 23, 2015. The block on Ninth Street remained closed at midday Saturday. rcano@fresnobee.com

An argument at a southeast Fresno house party early Saturday exploded into a shooting that left two people dead and two wounded with the suspects at large, police said.

Officers responded to multiple shots-fired calls near Church Avenue and Ninth Street, a few blocks west of Calwa Park, shortly before 1 a.m. Police found four people — three men and a woman; their identities were not immediately released — who had been shot.

All four were taken to Community Regional Medical Center, where two of the men died. The other man and woman were reported in stable condition, police said.

Detectives investigating the shooting were still at the scene late Saturday morning interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence.

Sgt. Dave Ramos of the homicide unit said detectives believe the argument involved partygoers and people from a house next door. At least two people at the party were armed with guns, Ramos said. Some of the partygoers were Bulldog gang members, though it is not known if the shooting was gang-related.

No arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to call homicide detectives Adrian Alvarez at (559) 621-2407 or Ignacio Ruiz at (559) 621-2443 or Fresno Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.

The murders bring the city’s 2015 total to 19; last year at this time, the total was 22.

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