It is being reported that the man in California who went on a personal “reign of terror” was deported in 2014, under former President Obama.
It is unclear when the man later gained entry back into the United States.
As Associated Press reports, the man killed at least one person and injured several more in a crime spree which included a shooting, carjacking and high-speed police chase. There is not yet a motive for the assault.
From the report:
Gustavo Garcia, 36, of Visalia was pronounced dead at the scene Monday morning on State Route 65 in Porterville after he was flung from a stolen truck after a gun battle with police and wrong-way car crashes that left four people injured, one critically, police said.
In attacks on apparently random strangers, Garcia also killed a man at a gas station convenience store, shot and wounded a farmworker in an orchard and a woman at a motel, carjacked other farmworkers and robbed a convenience store at gunpoint, Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said.
He also fired shots in the backyard of his ex-girlfriend’s Visalia home as she and her children were inside and may have committed as many as a dozen crimes during a “rampage” that began Sunday afternoon, he said.
“We have one man that essentially (has) been on a personal reign of terror,” Boudreaux said at an afternoon news conference.
“It appears his rampage and his acts of violence were random and they were not chosen targets, which makes it even more dangerous,” Boudreaux added, via BizPac Review. “This person was targeting anyone who got in the way.”
The Associated Press reports Garcia had a long criminal history that included drug-related offenses and “assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.”
As the Fresno Bee reports, Garcia initiated his rampage around 1 p.m. local time on Sunday. His first act included shooting a farmworker who was picking fruit. The victim did not suffer life-threatening injuries and is expected to recover, per the report.
Shortly after, Garcia robbed a local convenience store of $2,000 in cash, firing several rounds into the ceiling. He was with an accomplice at the time, a man still being sought after by police.
Later in the evening, Garcia continued his violent spree when he shot a Motel 6 guest in the arm and chest. The guest is also expected to recover and was reportedly shot for simply making eye contact with Garcia.
“She had made eye contact with the subject and he had followed her to her parking spot, where he got out of the car and for an unbeknownst reason began firing at her vehicle,” Tulare interim Police Chief Matt Machado said, per the Fresno Bee.
Shortly before 1:30 a.m. Monday, Garcia fired shots into a Shell gas station in the Pixley area, then about an hour later, he killed Rocky Paul Jones, 51, of Visalia outside the Arco AMPM in that city, Visalia Police Chief Jason Salazar said.
Jones had exchanged words with Garcia before the shooting but it was unclear whether Jones had any relationship with the killer, police said.
“It appears his rampage and his acts of violence were random and they were not chosen targets, which makes it even more dangerous,” Boudreaux said. “This person was targeting anyone who got in the way.”
Garcia later went to his ex-girlfriend’s house in Visalia and fired several shots from her backyard but she and her children escaped unharmed, police said.
He then fired shots into a home in the Sultana area, then shortly after 6:30 a.m. crashed his car after a two-minute police chase during which he shot and hit pursuing sheriff’s cars and deputies fired back.