Authorities have identified the four people who died in a targeted shooting at a backyard party in Fresno, including a well-known musician who previously lived in Long Beach. Ten people were shot in all at the party.
The Fresno County coroner’s office said Monday that 23-year-old Xy Lee—a Hmong singer—31-year-old Phia Vang, 38-year-old Kou Xiong and 40-year-old Kalaxang Thao were killed. All the men are from Fresno, but Lee’s Facebook page shows he previously lived in Long Beach.
Pao Yang, CEO of the Fresno Center, says two of the victims were well-known entertainers in the Hmong community.
Lee’s YouTube page has more thank 90,000 subscribers, and his videos have accumulated millions of views.
We have received confirmation from his family member that Xy Lee , the famous Hmong singer was indeed one of the victim…
Fresno Police Chief Andrew Hall said a family of Hmong people were having a party when the house was targeted Sunday evening by unknown suspects.
“They fired randomly into the crowd. It does not appear that they were targeting any individuals, and once they fired, they fled,” Hall said.
Hall said there was no immediate word on a motive, and so far there was no indication that any of the victims knew their attackers, though most could not see them. They described seeing only flashes when the semiautomatic pistols were fired. Officers went door-to-door looking for surveillance video that might help them track down suspects.
Authorities say they’re investigating if there’s a connection between the shooting and a disturbance that some of the men at the party were involved in last week.
California has the nation’s highest population of Hmong, a Southeast Asian ethnic minority, and Fresno has the second-highest population in the United States.
“We’ve got a single focus within the organization, and this is not going to be tolerated in the Southeast (Asian) community or any other community in Fresno,” he added.
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