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  • 11 May 2014, 23:31

Deadly Shooting At Playground Birthday Party

One man has been killed and six other people hurt, including a child, after gunmen opened fire at a baby's birthday party in a playground.

In what appeared to be a gang-related shooting, multiple attackers walked up to the group and began firing before fleeing in a car, according to police.

The man who died was in his 20s and was believed to be a gang member, although his name has not been released.

A seven-year-old child was among the wounded, all of whom had non-life threatening injuries.

The group had gathered at Peregrine Park in northern Sacramento, California, to celebrate the birthday of a one year-old child.

Footage from the scene showed picnic tables and an inflatable playhouse which had collapsed.

Clothing and shoes were scattered across the playground.

Officer Doug Morse, a police spokesman, told local newspaper The Sacramento Bee: "There were so many eyewitnesses. Detectives are trying to talk to everyone they can."

Some of those who were shot drove themselves to hospitals or were taken by friends or family members, Mr Morse said.

Others were taken by ambulance.

A woman told the newspaper the man who died was her son-in-law.

She said he had a young son who would now grow up without a father.

"They took him away too early," she added.

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