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Police seek 2 gunmen in apparently unprovoked attack

Six people, five of them teenagers, were shot and wounded shortly after a graduation party in Santa Rosa broke up early Sunday morning.

At least two victims were recent graduates and student leaders at Elsie Allen High School and a third was the mother of one of the wounded teens.

Santa Rosa police said the attack appeared to be unprovoked. Investigators were searching for at least two gunmen in what was described as the city's worst shooting in memory.

"I don't ever recall a scene with six shooting victims ever in Santa Rosa," said Lt. Tom Swearingen, a 25-year police veteran. "I don't think I've ever seen this level of violence before."

Friends and school officials identified four of the victims: Josh Inong, 17; his mother, Corrine Inong, 48; Kelly Stalnaker, 18; and Vanessa Anderson, 18. Police declined to name the victims out of concern for their safety.

All six victims are residents of Santa Rosa, police said.

Josh Inong, the captain of Elsie Allen's nationally acclaimed rugby team, hosted a graduation party Saturday evening at his South Davis Street home in the Roseland neighborhood.

Police said Inong and Stalnaker, along with at least three other teens, left for another graduation party after Inong's party broke up. When they arrived back at Inong's house at about 2 a.m., two men emerged from the shadows and opened fire with a rifle and a shotgun.

The gunmen shouted gang epithets and fired at Inong and Stalnaker, who were standing on the porch, as well as three other teens standing in a driveway beside the cream-colored, wood-paneled house, police said.

None of the victims is believed to be a gang member, police said. Neither of the weapons used in the shooting has been recovered.


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