6 People, Including a Newborn, Were Killed in a Gang-related “Massacre”: According to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, an “early morning massacre” occurred Monday in the Californian town of Goshen, killing at least six people, including a woman and her 6-month-old child.
According to a news statement from the sheriff’s office, Tulare County officers responded to a report of shots fired just after 3:30 a.m. local time on Monday. They added that “the reporting party assumed an active shooter was in the area due to the volume of rounds being heard.”
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Six victims were discovered overall by responding deputies, including two who were in the street and one who was standing in the doorway of the residence where the shooting took place, Sheriff Mike Boudreaux told reporters on the scene.
According to him, the mother, who was 17 years old, and the child were both shot in the head, and at least one male was also killed despite being transported to the hospital. Boudreaux added, “We do have family that has been evacuated from the scene. We do have survivors,” adding that it was unclear how they had survived what he called a “horrific atrocity.”
The incident does not seem to be an act of random violence. Still, it could be related to gang activities, according to the sheriff’s office, which also noted that it occurred one week after deputies carried out a search warrant for drugs at the residence.
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While they cannot confirm the shooters were members of a cartel, Tulare County Sheriff Ashley Schwarm told CNN on Monday night that she believes it seems to be a “cartel-style execution.” The sheriff’s office has stated that detectives seek at least two individuals.