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Alfredo Gonzalez, 42, sat down in the Project Rebound office at Fresno State on a Wednesday morning. He was there to register for a two-day criminal justice class that would count for one unit toward his bachelor’s degree. 

 

“Although I’m at (Fresno) City I’ve been part of Project Rebound since before I got out of prison,” he said. The program helps formerly incarcerated people go to college and graduate. 

 

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At a press conference following the mass shooting that killed four and wounded six others in Southeast Fresno, Fresno Police Chief Andy Hall announced he had created an Asian gang task force, despite no definitive evidence the shooting was gang-related. Many members of Southeast Asian communities have since questioned why the police made the implicit association without definitive proof, and some worry it perpetuates stereotypes from which they’ve long sought to distance themselves.

Kerry Klein / Valley Public Radio

Three Fresno City Councilmembers have launched a fundraising campaign for the families of the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Southeast Fresno.

The funds will go toward medical care and funeral costs for the four victims and six survivors of the tragedy, when one or two gunmen opened fire at a party on Sunday night. The suspects still remain at large.

Kerry Klein / Valley Public Radio

One of the men killed in Sunday’s mass shooting in Southeast Fresno was a young musician named Xy Lee, who had tens of thousands of Youtube followers. Despite implications from the Fresno Police Department that the shooting could have been gang-related, Lee’s family asserts he was no gang member.

Community Regional Medical Center

Two men remain hospitalized following Sunday night’s mass shooting at a party in Southeast Fresno that killed four.

Seven men were rushed to area hospitals. One was admitted to Saint Agnes Medical Center in North Fresno and the rest were treated at Community Regional Medical Center downtown. That hospital’s Level-1 designation means it’s equipped to provide the highest level of trauma care.

Hmong Talk

Fans of a well-known Hmong singer Xy Lee took to social media to mourn his loss following Sunday’s mass shooting in a Southeast Fresno backyard where friends and families had gathered to watch a football game.

The 23-year-old singer was one of four people killed. Six others were wounded in what one police officer described as a “scene of chaos” on the 5300 block of East Lamona Avenue near Ceasar Avenue. Police are still searching for the suspects.

Kerry Klein

The Fresno Police Department announced the formation of a special gang task force in response to Sunday night’s mass shooting that left four dead and six wounded in the backyard of a Southeast Fresno home. At least 35 people were at the home, and many of them there to watch a football game. 

“We’re coming for you,” Fresno Police Chief Andy Hall said at a press conference Monday morning, addressing the two armed suspects who fled the incident. He said it’s unclear if the suspects fled on foot or by vehicle.

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Four people were shot dead and six others wounded in a shooting Sunday night in the backyard of a Southeast Fresno home. 

"This was a gathering, a family and friend gathering in the backyard," Fresno Police Lt. Bill Dooley said at a press conference Sunday. "Everyone was watching football this evening when unknown suspects approached the residence, snuck into the backyard and opened fire.”

Shooters opened fire on 10 people in the backyard. Others inside the house were not harmed, police said. 

Monica Velez / Valley Public Radio

At about 10 a.m. Aaron Foster heads to Ivy and Lorena streets in southwest Fresno. In his pickup truck, he goes around neighborhoods in this area every day, or what he calls “hitting the loop.”

 

“This is just the hood, we call it the block,” he said. “Every neighborhood got a block. This is the southwest Fresno that no one sees. The poverty is obvious.”

 

He does this to “sustain the peace” and to prevent shootings from happening.  

 

Faith in the Valley

Fresno moved a step closer Thursday to fund an unconventional program that aims to reduce gun violence. After a fiery debate, the Fresno City Council voted to partially fund Advance Peace.

 

Three council members voted to allocate $200,000 from the budget for the program. The city administration, local leaders, and Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer have 90 days to come up with a proposal detailing how the money will be used. After the proposal is submitted, the city council will vote on it.

 

Monica Velez

Aaron Foster stands outside Wayne's Liquor store on East California Avenue. There’s a park across the street buzzing with people, a taqueria around the corner, and a library a few blocks away.

 

“This is the heart of Southwest Fresno,” he says. “There’s rival gang members that come by but they know this is a safe zone.”

 

Laura Tsutsui / Valley Public Radio

Marches took place around the nation on Saturday to honor the victims of last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The march in Fresno drew crowds from around the Central Valley to Fresno High School.

 

Yasmin Mendoza is the twenty-one-year old community college student who led the event. She says the march and their movement isn’t about party politics.

 

“I think that safety is a universal issue that affects everyone no matter your political party,” says Mendoza.

 

Kerry Klein / Valley Public Radio

Fresno Unified School District students took part in national school walkout events today. Students across the nation participated in memory of the victims of last month’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and in protest of gun violence. Students at Fresno High School opted for a “lie in,” instead of a walkout.

 

Instead of leaving campus, students left their second period class early to gather in Warrior Park, facing the school’s auditorium.

 

Capital Public Radio Network

The California State Senate’s Democratic leadership is rolling out a package of 10 measures it says will help reduce gun violence.

Lawmakers want to eliminate what they call loopholes in the state’s current laws.  For example, California currently bans the sale or manufacture of ammunition magazines with more than 10 rounds.  A bill by Senator Loni Hancock would ban the possession of them as well.

“The grandfathering-in of weapons is something that our police chiefs have told us and law enforcement has told us makes it very difficult to enforce existing law,” said Hancock.