3 killed in shoot­ing on In­dian reser­va­tion

Sus­pect also shoots, wounds his two young daugh­ters.

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - By­tra­cie cone

PORTER­VILLE, CaLIf — A man shot and killed three peo­ple and wounded an­other on a Cal­i­for­nia In­dian reser­va­tion, and was fa­tally wounded him­self sev­eral hours later in an ex­change of gun­fire with sher­iff’s deputies as he tried to flee in a ve­hi­cle, au­thor­i­ties said Sun­day.

The sus­pect, 31-yearold Hec­tor Ce­laya, also shot and wounded his two daugh­ters, ages 5 and 8, who were with him in the ve­hi­cle when he was ap­pre­hended about 2 a.m., of­fi­cials said. It was un­clear ex­actly when the girls were shot.

A mo­tive for the at­tacks also wasn’t im­me­di­ately known.

Au­thor­i­ties ap­pre­hended Ceyala about six hours af­ter Tu­lare County sher­iff’s deputies were called at about 8 p.m. Satur­day to a trailer on the Tule In­dian Reser­va­tion. In­side, they found the body of a man and a woman. The body of an­other man was nearby.

Deputies also dis­cov­ered a wounded young boy, whose con­di­tion and age were not known.

The boy, be­lieved to be about 7, was taken to a hospi­tal in Visalia, then on to a sec­ond hospi­tal in Fresno, said Shelby Charley Jr., an en­gi­neer and su­per­vi­sor with the Tule River Reser­va­tion Fire De­part­ment.

On Sun­day af­ter­noon, the sound of church bells echoed through the rus­tic val­ley, an in­di­ca­tion that some­body had died, Charley said.

Po­lice tape stretched out across the drive­way lead­ing to the shoot­ing scene — three mod­u­lar homes built on a hill­side in a re­mote area of scat­tered oak trees and rock out­crop­pings — that ap­peared to be a fam­ily com­pound.

Two peo­ple ap­proached on a dirt road lead­ing to the homes ac­knowl­edged they were re­lated to the sus­pect, but de­clined to com­ment.

Deputies found Ce­laya by track­ing his cell­phone and pulled him over in a ru­ral area out­side the tiny com­mu­nity of Lindsay around 2 a.m., about 20 miles from the reser­va­tion. Ce­laya fired his weapon, prompt­ing deputies to re­turn fire, sher­iff’s Sgt. Chris Dou­glass said.

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