Tragedy hit the Tule Indian Reservation December 8th when a man described by authorities as “known to law enforcement, is known to use drugs,” was arrested for shooting three people to death and wounding three others.
The suspect in custody is 31-year-old Hector Celaya, according to the Associated Press.
The shooting occurred at what appeared to be a family compound of three modular homes, where polices found the bodies of two males and a female, along with a wounded boy who’s age and condition were not known at the time.
"This is a once in a lifetime kind of deal," Shelby Charley Jr., an engineer and supervisor with the Tule River Reservation Fire Department, said of the call. "It's one of those calls you could go your whole career and not walk into. This is one of those calls that will stick with you for the rest of your life."
Celaya, had also shot and wounded his two daughters, ages 5 and 8, while trying to flee in a vehicle. Celaya, opened fire on Tulare County sheriff’s deputies six hours after the shooting, where he was wounded in returned fire before being arrested.
For more on the story read the AP story at Seattle PI.