LOS ANGELES: Investigators are searching for multiple suspects in the fatal shooting of seven people at a large, illegal marijuana cultivation and processing site in Southern California’s rural foothills, the Riverside County sheriff said on Tuesday (Sep 8).
The crime scene in the community of Aguanga, about 160km southeast of Los Angeles, was discovered by sheriff’s deputies responding early on Monday to a reported assault with a deadly weapon, Sheriff Chad Bianco said.
Six victims were found dead in and around a single dwelling on the sprawling property. A seventh victim, a woman still alive when deputies arrived about a half hour past midnight, died later at a local hospital, Bianco told a news conference.
As of Tuesday afternoon, sheriff’s detectives assisted by federal agents were still combing the site for evidence and interviewing witnesses.
“We believe at this time that there were multiple suspects,” he said.