Girl, 17, Killed in California Party Shooting That Wounds 5

Girl, 17, Killed in California Party Shooting That Wounds 5
Police investigate an incident on Columbus Avenue connected to another on West Seventh Street after midnight, in Chico, Calif., on May 6, 2023. (Michael Weber/The Chico Enterprise-Record via AP)

CHICO, Calif.—A 17-year-old girl was killed and five other people were wounded in a shooting early Saturday at a party near a college campus in Northern California, police said.

Officers responding around 3:30 a.m. to reports of gunfire found six people shot at an apartment building in Chico, police Chief Billy Aldridge said.

All the victims were taken to hospitals, and the teenager died at a hospital, he said.

Two men, ages 21 and 19, and a 17-year-old girl remained hospitalized in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries, the chief said. Two other men, ages 18 and 20, were treated at the hospital and released, Aldridge said.

The shooting appeared to be an isolated incident, and there was no ongoing threat to the community, police said. They released no information on the shooter.

Police had been called to the same address about 30 minutes before the shooting and arrested a man on suspicion of brandishing a firearm, Aldridge said.

That suspect matched the description of a man who was asked to leave a separate party about a mile away around 12:30 a.m., Aldridge said. A fight broke out at the earlier party, and two people were hospitalized after being struck in the head, one with a bottle and one with a firearm, the chief said.

The investigation was ongoing Saturday.

Both parties were in neighborhoods near California State University in Chico, a city with about 101,000 residents 90 miles north of Sacramento.

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