California mass shootings: A dark year for the US West Coast

California has witnessed multiple mass shootings this year, with people being shot at in their backyard and at civic spaces like schools. In the United States, California has the most restrictive gun laws. Handguns sold by dealers must be "California legal" by being listed on the state's Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale. Even then, gun violence continues to kill people every day.

Shot dead while watching football in backyard

Police in the California city of Fresno were investigating a shooting at a football backyard party on 18th November in which at least 10 people were shot. Four people were killed, with five others left in critical condition and another wounded, police said.

Three men died on the scene and another died at a hospital, Fresno Deputy Police Chief Michael Reed said in a late-night news conference.

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Birthday rampage

On his 16th birthday, a California student opened fire at his school mates, killing two and injuring three on 14th November, pulling a .45 calibre semiautomatic handgun from his backpack and emptying it in a matter of seconds as the school day began.

He saved the last bullet for himself.

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Four people shot dead at Halloween party at Airbnb rental

Four people were shot dead at a crowded Halloween costume party on 3rd November at a house in Orinda in Northern California.

The shooting took place around 10:45 pm at a house party with more than 100 people attending in an expensive neighbourhood of Orinda, a small city across the bay from San Francisco.

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Food festival shooting

At least three people were killed after a gunman opened fire at a food festival in Gilroy on July 29, California in the United States.

Police said multiple casualties were reported in the shooting with the shooter "still active".

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Shot in a bar at Thousand Oaks

A gunman barged into a large, crowded Los Angeles-area country music bar and dance hall and opened fire on 8th November, wounding at least 11 people including a police officer.

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