Gunmen Hit Kid's Birthday Party, Guests Fire Back
1 Sacramento partygoer killed, 6 hurt
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2014 1:18 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Thirty children and more than 20 adults were attending a 1-year-old's birthday party at a Sacramento park Saturday when a group of gunmen arrived and started shooting. But they fled when some of the party guests answered with their own guns, the Los Angeles Times reports. Even so, an adult male partygoer was killed and six others were injured, including a 7-year-old girl.

Police believe the incident was gang-related, and that the shooters were targeting a group of adults at the party. But a cousin identifies the victim as 28-year-old Jacoby James, and tells the Sacramento Bee she does not believe he was the intended target. She says he was at the park because "it was his friend's son's birthday," and he brought his own 6-year-old son. Investigators are still searching for the suspects, none of whom have been arrested yet. (Last month, a 7-year-old was killed in an accidental shooting at a South Carolina birthday party.)

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cone
May 13, 2014 7:41 AM CDT
Sounds like the 4th world nation...
TheJman
May 12, 2014 8:53 PM CDT
Can't imagine what the death toll at the party would have been had they not had the means to fire back and ward off the attackers.Lives were definately saved here!
793tango
May 12, 2014 8:06 PM CDT
So where's the NRA trumpeting this as 'proof' that 'Good people with guns stop bad people with guns'? This is EXACTLY the kind of scenario they love to tout; a family and friends having a party are attacked by mean nasty ugle minority THUGS with guns and the family and friends 'defend their loved ones' with guns. It's an NRA wet dream come true.