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Police are searching for a Clearlake man suspected of shooting three people inside a crowded home Sunday night following a confrontation with his girlfriend.

The Clearlake Police Department identified the suspected gunman as 30-year-old Gabriel Cardenas Diaz, who remain at large Wednesday night. He is facing felony charges from a previous domestic violence incident last month involving the same woman, said Clearlake Police Chief Andrew White. Diaz is considered “armed and dangerous,” White said.

Investigators suspect Diaz went to a residence on Sunset Avenue to confront his girlfriend just before 10 p.m. Sunday. He spoke with her at the door before things escalated and he fired a handgun at least five times into the home, striking three women, White said.

Two victims were hit once in the chest area, suffering critical injuries. One was Diaz’s girlfriend, and the other victim was a pregnant woman.

Seven adults and as many as six children were gathered in the living room when Diaz went to the home.

“He opened fire with the intent to hurt multiple people,” White said.

Both women were reported in stable condition on Tuesday. They were transported to hospitals outside of Lake County, White said.

The third victim was treated for a gunshot wound in the leg and released from a local hospital.

Diaz fled the property in a white Acura SUV that was found abandoned at a local shopping center near Old Highway 53 and Lakeshore Drive, White said.

Clearlake police are asking anyone with information about the case to contact the department at 707-994-8251.

You can reach Staff Writer Yousef Baig at 707-521-5390 or yousef.baig@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @YousefBaig.

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