GOSHEN, Calif. – At least six people including an infant were shot and killed following a violent altercation in Central California early Monday.
The shooting took place in Goshen, a semi-rural community of about 3,000 residents 35 miles southeast of Fresno in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley.
As of mid-Monday the shooters had not been found, authorities said.
The incident was reported about 3:30 a.m. and was initially believed to be a shooting in progress because of the amount of gunfire heard echoing through the typically quiet neighborhood.
When deputies arrived, they found two victims and a third near the doorway of the Goshen home. One victim was still alive but later died in the hospital.
The victims include a 17-year-old mother and a 6-month-old infant, both of whom were shot in the head. A description of the other four victims wasn’t provided by deputies.
“At this point, there are six total victims,” said Ashley Ritchie, spokeswoman for the department. “There are victims inside and outside the home.”
Deputies say there are at least two shooters, and the incident wasn’t a “random act of violence.”
“It appears this family was targeted and there are gang associations involved, as well as potential drug investigations,” Ritchie said.