Three people were injured Saturday when gunmen opened fire at a house party full of children in North Vallejo, police said.
The incident began at about 5:30 p.m. when a white car drove to the house in the 300 block of Sawyer Street, police said.
The occupants of the car started firing on people at the party, prompting people at the house to return fire at the car, police said.
Witnesses told police that they saw multiple people with rifles and handguns in the street during the battle, and that the suspects from the party returned to the house.
The car continued south on Sawyer Street before crashing near the Gateway Drive, police said. The occupants then fled, police said. It is unclear how many were in the car.
Officers on the scene quickly surrounded the house. About 100 residents watched as police had everyone in the house exit one by one with their hands up.
Most, including the children, were detained briefly on the curb, police said. However, officers identified four suspects in the house who were possibly involved in the shooting, police said.
One turned out to have been shot in the arm, though he denied injury when questioned by police. When he was taken to the police station,, offers saw blood seeping through the victim's shirt.
The suspect blamed his obesity for not noticing the wound, police said. Officers subsequently summoned medical aid.
Two other suspects from the white car were also shot, police said. One turned up at Kaiser
Permanente Vallejo Medical Center, and the other at NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield, police said.
One had been shot in the arm, and the other in the foot.
None of the three injuries were life-threatening.
Officers recovered a weapon inside the Sawyer house, and police believe the incident was gang-related. As of 8 p.m. Saturday, police were still investigating the case, and no names have been released.
Copyright 2012 - Times-Herald, Vallejo, Calif.
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