Police say a 17-year-old girl was killed and five others injured when a barrage of gunfire erupted early Saturday morning near California’s Chico campus.
According to Chico Police Chief Billy Aldridge, officers responded around 3:30 a.m. after receiving reports of gunshots in the 1000 block of Columbus Avenue. First responders found six people had been shot: two 17-year-old girls and four men, aged 18, 19, 20 and 21.
One of the girls died from her injuries, police said. The five survivors were taken to hospital, where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
As of Saturday morning, no one had been arrested in connection with the shooting.
Aldridge said the shooting was believed to be the culmination of some violence at two house parties across the city.
Chico police were first dispatched to a large party on the 700 block of West 7th Street at 12:27 a.m. after someone fired multiple shots from a gun.
Investigators learned that a fight broke out because someone was asked to leave the party. The altercation sent two people to the hospital after one was shot in the head by a gun and the other was hit in the head by a glass bottle.
At 3 a.m., officers were called to another party in the 1000 block of Columbus Avenue, where someone brandished a gun, police said. Officers dispersed the party and arrested a person who matched the description of the person who opened fire early that morning at the 7th Street party.
Less than half an hour later, police returned to the old compound where six people were shot.
The shooting took place about a block away from Cal State Chico, which has about 14,000 students.