Two died in what investigators from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office believe was domestic violence on Saturday afternoon.
The incident happened at 1:45 p.m. on East Goodfellow Avenue near South Rio Vista Avenue outside of Reedley, Lt. Brandon Pursell said.
MPs arrived and located two women who were pronounced dead inside a house. The alleged shooter was gone.
The suspect was “immediately identified” and detained near Orange Cove.
Pursell said they thought the gathering at the house was a family Christmas party.
“We think it was all family,” he said. “But we don’t know what started” the shooting. “We don’t know why this happened. It is a bad and tragic one.
The identification and ages of the victims and the suspect were not immediately known.
California Highway Patrol, Kingsburg, Orange Cove, Reedley and Sanger Police Departments are assisting.
Pursell said the investigation will continue throughout the evening.
As Christmas day approached, the sheriff’s office had investigated 15 homicides in 2021.
This story was originally published 25 December 2021 2:59 pm.