3 killed in shooting on California Indian reservation
Published: Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 10:31 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 10:31 a.m.
PORTERVILLE — A man suspected of shooting three people to death and wounding another on an Indian reservation died Sunday from his injuries in a shootout with police, authorities said.
Hector Celaya, 31, died several hours after he was wounded during gunfire with Tulare County sheriff's deputies as he tried to flee in a vehicle. His death was confirmed by sheriff's Sgt. Chris Douglass, who did not release details.
Authorities apprehended him about six hours after deputies were called late Saturday to a trailer on the Tule Indian Reservation, about 50 miles north of Bakersfield. 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.
A motive for the attacks was not immediately known.
Officials said Celaya also shot his two daughters, ages 5 and 8, who were with him in the vehicle when he was apprehended. It was unclear when the girls were shot.
One girl suffered life-threatening injuries while the other girl was less seriously hurt.
Associated Press writer John S. Marshall contributed to this report from San Francisco.
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