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Suspect in California Indian reservation shooting dies from wounds

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By The Associated Press
Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, 9:04 p.m.

PORTERVILLE, Calif. — A man suspected of fatally shooting three people and wounding three children, including his two daughters, died on Sunday from his wounds in a police shootout, authorities said.

Hector Celaya, 31, died several hours after he was wounded during gunfire with Tulare County sheriff's deputies.

Authorities were called to a trailer on the Tule Indian Reservation on Saturday night. Inside, they found the bodies of a man and a woman; the body of another man was nearby.

Deputies also discovered a wounded young boy, whose condition and age were not known.

Celaya shot his two daughters, ages 5 and 8, who were found with him in the vehicle when he was apprehended. One girl suffered life-threatening injuries, while the other girl was less seriously hurt.

A motive for the attacks was not known.

The winding roads out of the reservation delayed a medical helicopter from responding.

“This is one of those calls that will stick with you for the rest of your life,” said Shelby Charley Jr., an engineer and supervisor with the Tule River Reservation Fire Department.

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