On Friday, two notorious gang members were apprehended and charged with the murder of six individuals, including a teenage mother and her baby boy, in a rural community in California last month.
According to Tulare County Sheriff Mike Bordreaux, the suspects, Angel Joseph Uriate, 35, and Noah David Beard, 25, were taken into custody after being under constant surveillance for a week.
Uriate was wounded in a shootout with the ATF as he opened fire on the officers as they tried to apprehend him. He was taken to a local hospital for surgery and is expected to recover. Beard was captured without any incident in a nearby town. The tragic events in Goshen have brought to light the growing issue of gang violence and drug trafficking in some of California’s isolated areas.
According to the sheriff, both suspects were members of the Nortenos, a Mexican-American gang linked to the prison-based criminal group Nuestra Familia. Two members of the victim’s family were also members of the rival Surenos gang.
Chilling footage discovered by investigators showed a 16-year-old mother trying to escape the shootings with her 10-month-old son. She placed the infant over a fence and climbed over herself, but both were shot dead. The teen mother’s grandmother was also among the victims, and two women on the property managed to survive by hiding in a trailer.
The investigation is ongoing with the help of various law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and ATF. The motive behind the massacre is still undetermined, but it is believed to stem from organized gang activity. Authorities believe that Uriate and Beard acted alone in the killings, with Beard being the suspect who shot the young mother and her child.