Six people, including a 17-year-old mother and her six-month-old baby, were killed early Monday morning, Jan. 16, during a shooting at a home in central California. The officers, reports AP, responded around 3:30 a.m. to calls from several neighbors who reported hearing multiple gunshots at the residence.
The Tulare County Sheriff's Office is still searching for two suspects who fled the scene of the crime. As Sheriff Mike Boudreaux assured reporters during a subsequent press conference, "actually the report was that an active shooter was in the area because of the number of shots that were being fired."
In addition, the sheriff in charge explained that two people were found dead around the house, another one at the door of the house and three others inside the home, including a man who was discovered alive but died soon after at the hospital. Two other people, confirms Press Herald, survived the attack by hiding inside the house.
Sheriff Boudreaux informed Reuters that this is a "horrific massacre," and that authorities believe it is connected to gang-related crimes in the town. In fact, he recalled that the same residence had been searched last week when there were indications that there was a large cache of narcotics there: "We also believe that this is not a random act of violence. We believe that this was a targeted family," he stated.
The residence where the shooting took place is located at 6,800 Harvest Road, in Goshen, a semi-rural community inhabited by about 3,000 people which is located at 35 miles southeast of Fresno in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley, just east of Visalia.