The 16-year-old teenage mother killed with her six-month-old boy in the shocking attack in Goshen, Pennsylvania, has been identified as Alissa Parraz.
Alissa Parraz had been trying to flee with son, Nycholas Nolan Parraz, when they were both gunned down.
The infant was found cradled in the arms of his mother, Alissa Parraz, in a ditch outside the home in the early hours of Monday.
Both had been shot in the head.
Deputies responded around 3:30am to reports of multiple shots being fired at the home in Goshen, just east of Visalia, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said.
‘Actually the report was that an active shooter was in the area because of the number of shots that were being fired,’ Sheriff Mike Boudreaux told reporters.
Deputies found two victims dead in the street and a third person fatally shot in the doorway of the residence, Boudreaux said.
Three more victims were found inside the home, including a man who was still alive but later died at a hospital, he said.
Who are the suspects?
According to Sheriff Mike Boudreaux, investigators are searching for at least two suspects but have not yet released the identities of any of the victims, nor have they released a description.
They believe there is a gang connection to the killings. The sheriff’s office conducted a narcotics-related search warrant at the residence last week, Boudreaux said.
Alissa Parraz grandfather, Samuel Pina reacts to the shocking news
Grandfather of the victim, Samuel Pina, confirmed that his 17-year-old granddaughter, Alissa Parraz, and her baby, Nycholas Nolan Parraz, were among those killed in the shocking attack in Goshen on Monday morning.
“I can’t wrap my head around what kind of monster would do this,” he told the Associated Press.
Mr Pina said Parraz and her baby were living with her father’s side of the family in Goshen.
He also told the news organisation that her dad’s uncle, her dad’s cousin, and her grandmother and great-grandmother were also killed.
“I think it’s specifically connected to the cartel,” Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux told The Los Angeles Times on Monday. “The level of violence … this was not your run-of-the-mill, low-end gang member.”