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1 killed, 5 injured including 7-year-old child in Tulare shooting

Posted at 4:11 AM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 19:55:50-05

TULARE, Calif. (KFSN) -- Tulare Police have identified the 23-year-old man shot and killed Wednesday night as Demetrius Perry Jones. They say the 7-year-old girl who was shot is in critical but stable condition.

According to police, around 50-60 people were gathered for a celebration of life outside an apartment complex near W. Tulare Avenue and I Street, across from a skate park, when shots rang out.

A single shooter walked up while the group was in the driveway and fired multiple rounds into the gathering, said Tulare Police Sgt. Eddie Hinojosa.

Six people - three men, two women and a 7-year-old girl - were struck by the gunfire.

One of the victims, a 23-year-old man, has died. The child was transported to Valley Children's Hospital and is being treated for multiple gunshot wounds. She is expected to survive.

Three of the other four adults injured are being treated at Kaweah Delta Medical Center and Tulare Adventist Health. Police say they are also expected to be OK.

The fourth adult victim, a woman, was grazed by a bullet and refused to go to the hospital, police say.

Action News spoke to the relative of one of the victims who described the terrifying scene.

"We were all dancing, listening to music and drinking and the only thing I remember is hearing one shot, and then after that we heard like 10 rounds," the witness said. "Then everyone dropped to the floor and then we just heard screaming. Then after that everyone ran inside."

Tulare police have not released any suspect information at this time. Authorities say the motive for the shooting is unknown.

Roads in the area will be blocked for hours as police continue to investigate.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Vasquez at 559-685-2300 or Sgt. Richard Payne at 559-685-2300 x 4265.

*Original story by ABC30.