Fresno father opens fire after an assault on his son

FRESNO, Calif.

Deputies say four or five people covered in masks attacked two teenagers with sticks and bats and maybe even hammer before the homeowner came out and fired his shotgun at them.

Investigators say the man who lives in this house found his son and his friend inside the garage Wednesday night, pleading for help.

"As the garage door started to open. The son and his friend rolled underneath and yelled they got me, they got me." said deputy Chris Curtice.

Deputies say the father believed his son had been shot, so grabbed his shotgun and he fired off several rounds at the attackers as they were running towards a getaway car.

One neighbor across the street heard the gunshots while watching TV.

"It was scary. Because the shots were loud. It seemed like a very powerful gun." said Barbara Fernandez.

Investigators believe the father may have struck one of the attackers in the back before they got away.

Shortly after a gunshot victim was dropped off at Community Regional Medical Center. He suffered non-life threatening injuries. Investigators are trying to figure out if he's one of the attackers.

"We also have the two victims are also at the hospital being treated for their wounds." added Curtice.

Meanwhile they say at this point the father is not facing any criminal charges.

"At this time it doesn't appear there will be. It sounds like he was acting in self defense or in defense of his son and his son's friend." said Curtice.

Neighbors say there have been incidents at this same location in the past. Deputies are looking to see if there's any relation to those cases and this one.

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