In a horrific case of gang violence police in a small California community are now investigating the deaths of half a dozen people. The victims of this massacre included a 17-year-old mother and her 10-month-old infant. Law enforcement believes the deaths are a part of what may be cartel-linked violence.
In a Facebook post, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department said that they found “six total victims” at the small Goshen home. This was after responding to multiple early-morning reports of gunfire.
Six people were killed Monday in what local officials have called a targeted attack in the small Tulare County town of Goshen, leaving family members ranging in age from a 10-month-old baby to a 72-year-old grandmother dead. https://t.co/KPDI4DrwrC
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) January 18, 2023
“The victims include a 17-year-old mother and her six-month-old baby,” the department said.
“Detectives believe there are at least two suspects and this is not a random act of violence,” the sheriff’s department explained “It appears this family was targeted and there are gang associations involved, as well as potential drug investigations.”
The town where the massacre took place, Goshen, is located around halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The town is considered a semi-rural community of about 3,000 residents. Goshen is located 35 miles southeast of Fresno in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley.
A teen mom and her baby were among six killed at a home in Goshen, Ca. in what the sheriff calls a 'deliberate massacre.' @MattFinnFNC with @FoxNews joined us live with the latest on the investigation. @livenowfox pic.twitter.com/8WDYOirrWe
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The incident began at around 3:30 a.m. Monday, when deputies responded to reports of gunfire from the Goshen home. The 911 call came from a surviving victim of the shooting, who was hiding in the home. The victim who made the call suffered no injuries.
When the officers responded to the scene they found two victims dead in the street, and a third fatally shot in the doorway of the residence. Three more victims were found inside the home, including a man who was still alive and given CPR. He later died at a hospital.
Officials explained that the 16-year-old Elyssa Parraz was found lying dead in the street next to her deceased 10-month-old infant son. Forensic teams determined that the shooters stood over the top of Parraz and fired multiple rounds into her head. The execution-style murder was also inflicted upon the baby.
Six people have died after a shooting in #Goshen, #California, on Monday morning.
Among those killed in the "horrific massacre" were a 17-year-old mom and a 6-month-old baby, #Tularecounty Sheriff told reporters. Both were shot in the head, he said. #Tulare #USA #massacre pic.twitter.com/j3lxzTJMVO
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“None of this was by accident. It was deliberate, intentional, and horrific,” explained the Facebook post.
Detectives currently have no one in custody. As of now, they are searching for two unnamed suspects. There are speculations that there could be a third suspect out there who played the role of the getaway driver.