Visalia, Calif. ( Associated Press) — Six people, including a 17-year-old mother and her 6-month-old baby, were shot dead in a central California home Monday morning, and authorities are looking for at least two suspects, police said. Informed the authorities.
Tulare County Police said officers responded to a report of shots fired at a home in the city of Goshen at around 3:30 a.m.
Police Chief Mike Boudreaux told reporters, “In fact, reports indicate that there was a person firing shots in the area at the time, as a number of shots were heard.”
Boudreaux said police found two people dead on the street and another at the entrance of the house.
The police chief said three other victims were found inside the house, including one who survived but later died at a hospital.
According to Boudreaux, detectives are looking for at least two suspects. They believe the murder is gang related. Boudreaux said police executed a narcotics-related search warrant at the home last week.
“We also believe this was not a random act of violence. We believe this was a directed attack against this family.”
The police chief said two of the victims, a teenage mother and her child, were shot in the head.
Samuel Pina said Monday that the victims included his teenage granddaughter, Alisa Parras, and his son, Nicolas Nolan Parras.
“I can’t imagine what kind of monster would do something like that,” he told The Associated Press.
Pina said that Paraz and her child had been living with relatives near her father in Goshen, and that the girl’s father’s uncle and cousin, as well as her grandmother and great-grandmother, had been killed.
He said that his family is in shock.
Goshen is a semi-rural community of approximately 3,000 people located 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Fresno in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley.