YUBA CITY, CA - A celebration of community and culture was spoiled by gang violence in Yuba City on Sunday.
Citizens attending the two-day celebration welcoming the Hmong New Year at the Yuba Sutter Fairgrounds were sent scattering when approximately 50 members or affiliates of the Hmong Nation Society gang (HNS), and 20 members of the Menace Boys Crew (MBC) began fighting, sheriff's spokesman Lt. Damon Gil told the Appeal Democrat.
According to Gil, the violence was sparked by a verbal altercation between the rival gangs at the fairgrounds entrance around 2:30 p.m.
The Yuba County Sheriff's Office was tasked with securing the event due to Yuba City and Sutter County authorities providing security for the simultaneous Yuba City Sikh festival.
Vastly outnumbered when the brawl broke out, the eight Yuba County sheriff's deputies called for assistance, but by the time backup arrived, many of the gang members had fled, said Gil.
One deputy was struck in the back with a chair during the fight, but no other injuries were reported. Gil said deputies used a combination of batons and pepper spray to defend themselves and civilians.
Gil said authorities were working to identify individuals involved in the brawl.