Seven people were fatally shot on Monday at a rural home in Southern California that authorities say served as an illicit marijuana cultivation operation. Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said at a press conference on Tuesday that the property in Aguanga, an unincorporated area northeast of San Diego, was a “major organized crime type operation.”
Deputies responded to the home early Monday morning after dispatchers received a call to 911 and took reports of shots fired and an assault with a deadly weapon occurring at the property. After arriving at the scene, deputies discovered a woman with gunshot wounds. The unidentified woman was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where she died of her injuries. While searching the property, sheriff’s deputies discovered six more gunshot victims who had all died at the scene.
At Tuesday’s press conference, Bianco said that the investigation into the mass killing would likely lead to multiple other states or perhaps abroad.
“All of the people who were on-site that were potential witnesses or the victims, were Laotians,” Bianco said, although he did not elaborate further.
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Bianco said that deputies searching the property, which had more than 20 people living