Shooting in Goshen, California: 6 people, including a baby, were killed in a ‘cartel-style execution,’ sheriff’s office says

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At least six people, including a mother and her 6-month-old baby, died after a “morning massacre” on Monday that authorities in Goshen, Calif., said may be related to cartel activity.

Officers responding to reports of gunfire after 3:30 am on Monday found six victims, including two who were on the street and one who was in the doorway of the home where the shooting began, Sheriff Mike Boudreaux told reporters at the scene.

The mother, who was 17, and the child were shot in the head, he said. Among the other victims was at least one man who was taken to hospital but later pronounced dead.

The person who reported the shooting “thought an active shooter was in the area because of the amount of gunfire heard,” the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said in a new statement.

“We have family members who were escorted off the scene, we have survivors,” said Boudreaux, saying investigators have yet to determine how they survived what he said was a “horrific massacre”.

The attack does not appear to be a random act of violence but could be linked to gang activity, the sheriff’s office said, noting that it comes a week after officers executed a search warrant for narcotics in the home.

While rival street gangs frequently engage in acts of violence in the area, the belief among investigators is that Monday’s massacre had hallmarks associated with a drug cartel, with a high level of brutality and sophistication.

While investigators cannot confirm the shooters were from a cartel, the sheriff thinks it appears to be a “cartel-style execution,” Tulare County Sheriff’s spokesman Ashley Schwarm told CNN on Monday.

Drug cartels have notoriously engaged in deadly violence, including deploying hit squads against suspected enemies and members of law enforcement who threaten their drug trafficking efforts.

Detectives are looking for at least two suspects, the sheriff’s office said.

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