Tulare County Shooting – The sheriff of Tulare County, California, announced early Friday morning that two gang members had been arrested in connection with the massacre that took place in January at a home in central California that was associated with an opposing gang. The victims included a baby. Noah David Beard, 25, was taken into custody, and Angel “Nanu” Uriarte, 35, was wounded in the shootout with federal agents and was undergoing surgery, but he is stable and is expected to survive. The sheriff, Mike Boudreaux, said that Angel “Nanu” Uriarte was expected to survive.
The sheriff is quoted as saying, “We are happy that we were able to put these two men behind bars.” Boudreaux stated at a press conference held at the sheriff’s headquarters in Visalia that the reason for the shooting “is not exactly clear.” Despite the fact that the suspects and members of the family of the victims have a long history of gang violence, Boudreaux stated that the motive for the shooting “is not exactly clear.”
Both of the suspects have been charged with six counts of murder in addition to other offenses by the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office. According to the prosecutors, they could be sentenced to either the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole. On January 16, six people, including a teen mother and her baby, were murdered by gunfire in the unincorporated community of Goshen, which has a population of 3,000 and is located in the San Joaquin Valley.
The arrests made on Friday were the culmination of a massive investigation that began on January 23 and involved multiple law enforcement agencies, including sheriff’s detectives, prosecutors, and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, among others. According to the authorities, both suspects had been subjected to continuous surveillance since that date. Boudreaux stated that search warrants had been served at locations in Goshen and Visalia, and that approximately eight inmate cells associated with the Nuestra Familia prison gang had been searched in five different state prisons.
He stated that the authorities with the sheriff’s office waited to make the arrests until they had DNA evidence to strengthen their case. There was no further explanation of the evidence that was provided.