3 dead, 4 injured in Porterville Indian reservation shooting

Suspect's daughters among injured

PORTERVILLE, Calif. - Three people are dead and four are injured after a shooting on an Indian reservation in Porterville, according to authorities.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, at about 7:47 p.m., Tulare County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call regarding shots fired on the 100 block of Chimney Road of the Tule Indian Reservation.
 
Sheriff officials said upon arrival they found the body of a man and a woman in the trailer.
 
Deputies said another deceased male was found in a shed on the property.
 
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, according to authorities.
 
According to officials, the person who called in the shooting said the suspect fled the scene in a green Jeep Cherokee.
 
The suspect was identified as Hector Celaya.  He was seen leaving the scene with his two daughters, 8-year-old Alyssa, and 5-year-old Linea.
 
Detectives said they were able to use Celaya's cell phone in order to find him.

Deputies said they found the Jeep in the area of Avenue 220 and Road 254.
 
According to officials, they attempted to make a traffic stop, but the driver refused to stop.
 
A pursuit began and ended east of Road 216 at about 1:48 a.m.
 
According to officials, the suspect fired his weapon and deputies fired back.

Celaya was taken into custody and is being treated for life-threatening injuries.
 
One girl suffered life-threatening injuries while the other girl was less seriously hurt.  Both were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
 
Officials have confirmed, after investigating, that Celaya shot his daughters.
 
Celaya is described by authorities as "known to law enforcement, is known to use drugs," though Douglass could not provide additional details.
 
The reservation where the initial shooting took place is about 50 miles north of Bakersfield.
 
Detectives are still investigating this incident. 
 
 

 

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