5 Shot in Deadly Orosi Shootings

October 26, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The south valley town of Orosi is reeling from a weekend of violence.There have been three separate shootings, all near the same area. Three people were killed.

The big question for Tulare County Deputies Monday morning: Are all of these shootings connected in some way or were they just random acts of violence?

This town of 8,000 has been hit with a shooting spree you'd expect in a big city. "We have 5 different victims of a gunshot wound within a half hour of each other. And two of them are deceased," said Sergeant Chris Douglass with the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

Two boys identified only as juvenile males were shot while walking along Road 128 and Avenue 413. One was killed the other wounded. The gunman simply walked up and fired. About a mile away two more shooting victims were found, they were two adult women. One was dead the other wounded. But as it turns out, they'd been shot at another location.

"We were advised that the incident actually occurred at the 13700 block of avenue of 408 and it was a drive-by shooting. There was another victim located at that scene who was transported to the Visalia area as well," said Sergeant Chris Douglass.

The 5 shootings follow a Saturday night shooting where one man was shot in the head while driving on Road 128. Deputies found his car flipped over, with bullet holes in it. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Investigators are trying to see if all these shootings are connected. "It's really unclear about the motives because they happened so close in time; in less than 24 hours is not something that happens very often," said Sergeant Chris Douglass.

Tulare County Sheriff Investigators are looking into whether there is a gang connection to all of these shootings. Two of the shooting victims were transported to hospitals in Visalia, another one was taken to a Fresno hospital, but we don't know their conditions as of Monday morning.



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