Search continues for suspect in California ‘massacre of six’

VISARIA, Calif. (AP) — A gunman stood over a 16-year-old mother cradling her 10-month-old baby and delivered a bullet to the head in a brazen attack in a farming community in central California, killing 6 at home. people died. It was linked to drugs and guns, the sheriff said Tuesday.

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreau said the teenage girl was fleeing violence early Monday morning when she walked into her home in Goshen, a community of about 3,000 residents in central California’s San Joaquin Valley. She said the killers caught up with her outside and shot a young mother and her child. “Assassination style”

The other four victims were between the ages of 19 and 72, and their grandmother was shot in her sleep. Their autopsies are expected to be completed this week.

“This was no accident,” Boudreau said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Boudreaux said the house was linked to gangs and drugs, but on Tuesday reverted to reporters earlier comments that the violence was likely a cartel attack, and investigators said it was still possible. He said he was investigating sex.

He added that not all those shot were drug dealers or gang members.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a suspect.

Samuel Pina said his granddaughter, 16-year-old Alyssa Paraz, and her 10-month-old baby, Nicholas Nolan Paraz, were killed.

“I can’t get my head around what kind of monster would do this,” he told the Associated Press on Monday.

Pina said Paraz and her baby were living with her father’s family in Goshen, and her father’s uncle, father’s cousin, grandmother and great-grandmother were also killed.

He said his family was in shock.

“It comes in big waves,” he said.

Authorities received a call at 3:38 a.m. Monday that multiple shots had been fired at a home in unincorporated Goshen, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) southeast of Fresno.

The caller later turned out to be someone who was hiding in the property. Boudreaux said the sheriff arrived seven minutes later and found two bodies on the street outside his home and a third on his doorstep.

Deputies found more victims inside the home, including a grandmother who was shot while she was sleeping in her bed. Down the street they found a teenage mother and her baby. was found to have tried to escape.

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“It’s clear that this family was targeted,” he said.

The three survivors are debriefed by authorities. They include the man who hid in the house when the killing happened.

“He was in a state of terror and could only hold the door in hopes of not being the next victim,” Boudreaux said.

The California countryside is no stranger to drug-related violence. 2020, Seven people shot dead in small rural town in Riverside County Where property was used for illegal marijuana growing businesses – a common practice in the area.

The following year, a man accidentally shot himself while on duty. His family’s illegal marijuana is grown in Forbestown, Butte County. His father and two brothers were accused of moving his body to prevent investigators from discovering the growing site. Search continues for suspect in California ‘massacre of six’

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