VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — Six people — including a 17-year-old mother and her 6-month-old baby — were killed in a shooting early Monday at a central California home, and authorities are looking for at least two suspects, said said sheriff’s officials.
Deputies responded around 3:30 a.m. to reports of multiple shots being fired at the unincorporated Goshen residence just east of Visalia, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said.
“In fact, the report indicated that an active shooter was in the area due to the number of shots fired,” Sheriff Mike Boudreaux told reporters.
Deputies found two victims dead in the street and a third person shot and killed in the doorway of the residence, Boudreaux said.
Three other victims were found inside the house, including a man who was still alive but later died in a hospital, he said.
The sheriff said investigators are looking for at least two suspects. They think there is a connection between gangs and murders. The sheriff’s office performed a narcotics-related search warrant at the residence last week, Boudreaux said.
“We also believe it was not a random act of violence. We believe it was a targeted family,” he said.
Two of the victims, the teenage mother and her young child, were shot in the head, the sheriff said.
Goshen is a semi-rural community of about 3,000 people located 56 kilometers southeast of Fresno in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley.
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