Reservation Shooting Leaves Five Dead

Reservation Shooting Leaves Five Dead

A gunman has killed his young daughter, his mother and her two brothers at a Native American reservation in California.

Hector Celaya, 31, was fatally wounded in a shoot-out with police following a 30-mile (48km) car chase.

Two other children were also found with injuries. 

Sheriff's officials in the Central Valley county, south of Fresno, were called on Saturday night to a trailer on the Tule River Indian Reservation after gunshots were heard.

Police found the bodies of 60-year-old Irene Celaya and her brother Francisco Moreno, 61, in a mobile home.

The body of a second brother, Bernard Franco, 53, was discovered in a nearby shed.

Police then found the suspect's six-year-old son, Andrew, who was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Deputies found Celaya by tracking his mobile phone.

Officers said he fired "multiple times" when he was pulled over. He died in hospital hours later.

Inside the car were his two daughters, eight-year-old Alyssa and five-year-old Linea.

By Sunday night, authorities confirmed that Alyssa had died of her injuries.

The killings stunned the tight-knit tribal community.

"We've had a lot of deaths here, but nothing like this. Not murder. No, not murder," Rhoda Hunter, the tribal council secretary, said.

"This is so horrible. We will be doing a lot of praying," she added.

The remote Tule River Indian Reservation relies on the Eagle Mountain Casino for revenues.

Each tribal member receives \$500 (£312) a month, with most of the profit being invested into educational programmes for the children.