Suspect in reservation shooting dies of wounds

By TRACIE CONE
Associated Press
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, Dec. 8, 2012, on the Tule River Indian Reservation in the Sierra foothills of California's Central Valley. (AP Photo/Tulare County Sheriff's Department)

PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man suspected of shooting three people to death and wounding another on a California Indian reservation has died from his injuries in a shootout with police.

Officials say 31-year-old Hector Celaya died Sunday, hours after he was wounded during gunfire with Tulare County sheriff's deputies as he tried to flee in a vehicle.

Officials say Celaya, also shot his two daughters, ages 5 and 8, who were with him in the vehicle when he was apprehended about 2 a.m. Sunday.

It was unclear when the girls were shot. One girl suffered life-threatening injuries while the other girl was less seriously hurt.

A motive for the attacks was not immediately known.

The initial shooting was on the Tule Indian Reservation, which is about 50 miles north of Bakersfield.