GOSHEN, Calif. — At least six people, including a baby, were shot dead after a violent altercation in Central California early Monday.
The shooting took place in Goshen, a semi-rural community of about 3,000 residents 34 miles southeast of Fresno in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley.
By mid-Monday, the shooters had not yet been found, authorities said.
The incident was reported at about 3:30 a.m. and was initially believed to have been a shooting due to the amount of gunfire echoing through the usually quiet neighborhood.
When deputies arrived, they found two victims and a third at the doorway of Goshen’s home. One victim was still alive, but later died in hospital.
The victims include a 17-year-old mother and a 6-month-old baby, both of whom were shot in the head. A description of the other four victims was not provided by deputies.
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“At this point, there are a total of six victims,” said Ashley Ritchie, spokeswoman for the department. “There are casualties inside and outside the home.”
Deputies say there are at least two gunmen and the incident was not a “random act of violence”.
“It appears this family was targeted and gang associations are involved as well as possible drug investigations,” Ritchie said.