This undated photo provided by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department shows Hector Celaya, 31. Authorities say that Celaya is a suspect in shootings in which three people died and four others, including two young girls, were wounded Saturday, December 8, 2012, on the Tule River Indian Reservation in the Sierra foothills of California's Central Valley. (Tulare County Sheriff's Department/AP)

Shooting on Tule Indian Reservation Leaves 3 Dead; Children Wounded




Tragedy hit the Tule Indian Reservation December 8th when a man described by authorities as “known to law enforcement, is known to use drugs,” was arrested for shooting three people to death and wounding three others.

The suspect in custody is 31-year-old Hector Celaya, according to the Associated Press.

The shooting occurred at what appeared to be a family compound of three modular homes, where polices found the bodies of two males and a female, along with a wounded boy who’s age and condition were not known at the time.

"This is a once in a lifetime kind of deal," Shelby Charley Jr., an engineer and supervisor with the Tule River Reservation Fire Department, said of the call. "It's one of those calls you could go your whole career and not walk into. This is one of those calls that will stick with you for the rest of your life."

Celaya, had also shot and wounded his two daughters, ages 5 and 8, while trying to flee in a vehicle. Celaya, opened fire on Tulare County sheriff’s deputies six hours after the shooting, where he was wounded in returned fire before being arrested.

For more on the story read the AP story at Seattle PI.

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Submitted by Two Bears Growling on
This makes me sad to see the effects of the white man's poisons on our young people. Now there is one more family that will not get to have a father raising his children. One more family torn by drugs, ravaged by the diseases brought to our many peoples by the Invaders. This is a sad day for Indian Country brothers & sisters. We need to pray to the Creator to drive this sickness from out of our families, our peoples & our nations far & wide. We need to return to our ancient ways & become strong in spirit as in days gone by before the Invaders destroyed so many of our peoples. The destruction goes on to this day. Just with another name: Drug & alcohol abuse, violence in families & other types of abuses. Two Bears Growling Buffalo's Thunder

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Submitted by Anonymous on
Heartbreaking! I will pray for the young one's and for the man who did the shooting.His soul is deeply troubled.