4 dead, 3 hurt in Central Calif. shootings, chase

Tulare County Sheriff's Office

Authorities say Hector Celaya, 31, was wounded in a shootout with detectives.

By NBC News staff

A man shot three people dead on a Central California Indian reservation and wounded three others, including two young girls, before being fatally wounded in a shootout with detectives after a car chase, authorities said.

The violence started Saturday night on the Tule River Indian Reservation in Porterville, Calif., the Tulare County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies responding to a 911 call found a man and a woman dead inside a trailer and a male juvenile suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The juvenile was transported to a hospital.

At a shed on the same property, deputies found the body of another man.

The person who called police said the suspect fled the scene in a green Jeep Cherokee.

Authorities identified the suspect as Hector Celaya, 31, and said he had taken his two daughters, ages 8 and 5.

A deputy spotted the suspect's vehicle and tried to stop it but the driver kept going, the sheriff's office said.

The suspect eventually stopped on the side of a road and a shootout ensued, authorities said. The suspect was shot and was transported to the hospital. He later died, the sheriff's office said.

During the preliminary investigation, detectives said they determined that the suspect had also shot the two children. Authorities said one child had life-threatening injuries and the other had non-life-threatening injuries. No further details were released.

The sheriff's office did not say what may have precipitated the shootings.

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