Times-Herald (Vallejo)

Authoritie­s: 2 arrested in shooting that killed 6


VISALIA >> Two gang members were arrested early Friday, one after a gun battle, in the January massacre of six people including a baby at a Central California home associated with a rival gang, the Tulare County sheriff said.

Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said Noah David Beard, 25, was taken into custody and Angel “Nanu” Uriarte, 35, was wounded in the shootout with federal agents and was undergoing surgery, but was stable and expected to survive.

“I'm happy we were able to put these two men behind bars,” the sheriff said.

The suspects and members of the victims' family have a long history of gang violence but the motive for the shooting “is not exactly clear,” Boudreaux said at a news conference at the sheriff's headquarte­rs in Visalia.

The Tulare County District Attorney's Office charged both suspects with six counts of murder and other crimes. They face a potential sentence of the death penalty or life in prison without parole, prosecutor­s said.

The six victims, including a teen mother and her baby, were gunned down Jan. 16 in rural Goshen, a community of 3,000 in the San Joaquin Valley.

Authoritie­s said both suspects had been under around-the-clock surveillan­ce since Jan. 23 in a massive investigat­ion that culminated in Friday's arrests and involved sheriff's detectives, prosecutor­s, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and other law enforcemen­t agencies.

Search warrants were served at locations in Goshen and Visalia, and about eight inmate cells associated with the Nuestra Familia prison gang were searched in five state prisons, Boudreaux said.

He said sheriff's authoritie­s waited until they had DNA evidence to make the arrests to bolster the case. No further details of the evidence were provided.

Both suspects had prior run-ins with the law. Uriarte was convicted in 2015 of assault with a firearm in associatio­n with a street gang, and Beard had juvenile conviction­s, prosecutor­s said in the court filing.

The victims were identified as: Rosa Parraz, 72; Eladio Parraz, Jr., 52; Jennifer Analla, 49; Marcos Parraz, 19; Alissa Parraz, 16; and Nycholas Parraz, 10 months.

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