Fresno Police announced today that they have arrested six suspects related to the November 17 mass shooting at a house party in Southeast Fresno that left four men dead. Although police confirmed the shooting was gang related, none of the victims themselves were gang members.
The six arrested are Billy Xiong, 25; Anthony Montes, 27; Porge Kue, 26; Johnny Xiong, 25; Pao Vang, 31; and Jhovanny Delgado, 19. All are from Fresno, and all are members of a gang known as the Mongolian Boys Society.
During a press conference, Police Chief Andy Hall said the mass shooting was in response to another homicide that took place the same day, also in Southeast Fresno. That victim was Randy Xiong, whose brother is a Mongolian Boys Society member.
“We know now that this was retaliatory shooting towards the gang believed responsible for Randy Xiong’s death. The Asian gang is known as the Asian Crips,” said Hall.
Hall said the alleged shooters came to the house party believing it to be a gathering of Crips members. It’s unclear if active gang members were present at all at the house party. In fact, police have identified only one partygoer with ties to a gang, and that person, they note, is no longer active.
Hall didn’t say which of the arrested suspects may have been the shooters, but did note Randy Xiong was in possession of a handgun used in the crime.
The six are being held with a bail of over $11 million each on suspected charges of four counts of homicide, twelve counts of attempted homicide, and conspiracy to commit murder.
While these six are in custody, police said they are still looking to question a man named Sia Vang, who they’ve yet to locate.