Five people have died in reservation shootings in California after a man’s rampage Saturday night took a devastating toll on the Tule River Indian Reservation in Portersville.
The five dead in the reservation shootings include the shooter, 31-year-old Hector Celaya, along with three of his children and his mother. Others in the family were wounded in the shootout.
The five dead in the shooting include at least one of Celaya’s daughters — Alyssa, 8, whose name was tattooed on the shooter’s leg.
Linea, 5, was wounded at some point during the shootout, but it is not clear whether Celaya shot her or the girl was struck during a shootout with police during which she was in the car with her father and her sister was fatally wounded.
The man responsible for five dead in the reservation shootings was cornered in citrus orchards 30 miles away from the reservation, about six hours after the deadly incident that has shaken Tule River residents. Celaya opened fire on police, who returned fire. The suspect was then transported from the scene, injured but alive.
Tribal council secretary Rhoda Hunter spoke of Celaya, who had once worked at the reservation’s casino, expressing some sympathy for his hardships but not excusing the gravity of the killings. Hunter said:
“He had a real hard life … But all of us do, we all have a hard time. But we try not to let it get the best of us.”