6 Shot Dead, Including Mother and Baby, at California Home

From the New York Times:

“Two gunmen carried out what was presumed to be a gang-related attack involving the drug trade, the authorities said. “This was very personal,” Sheriff Mike Boudreaux of Tulare County told reporters.“

Details about the crime were sketchy, but in a later interview Sheriff Boudreaux told The Los Angeles Times that a deputy responding to the call found the infant cradled in the arms of her 17-year-old mother in a ditch outside the home. Both had been shot in the head.

Another victim was in the doorway, and three more were inside, including an older woman, the sheriff said. All were dead at the scene except for a man who died after being taken to a hospital. Two women survived the attack by hiding in a nearby trailer, the sheriff said. The authorities did not release the names of the victims.

From The Guardian:

The sheriff said investigators are searching for at least two suspects. They believe there is a gang connection to the killings. The sheriff’s office conducted a narcotics-related search warrant at the residence last week, Boudreaux said.

“We also believe this was not a random act of violence. We believe this was a targeted family,” he said.

Goshen is a semi-rural community of about 3,000 residents 35 miles (56km) south-east of Fresno in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley.