Update: Two suspects killed in Corning home invasion, three still on the loose
CORNING, Calif. —
Three people remain on the loose Wednesday after officials say five people attempted to rob a home in Corning Tuesday night, resulting in two of the five people being killed by one of the people living in the home.
According to the Tehama County Sheriff's Office, around 6:12 p.m. Tuesday, deputies responded to a report of shots fired in the 3000 block of Highway 99 W, in the Corning area of Tehama County.
Officers from the Corning Police Department and the California Highway Patrol along with deputies from the Tehama County Sheriff's Office quickly responded to the scene.
Once on scene, officials found two gunshot victims on the ground in the carport area of the home and both were pronounced dead. Officials said those two people were later determined to be two of the five robbery suspects.
Officials said the initial report was that four Hispanic men and a Hispanic woman had orchestrated the home invasion robbery.
The woman parked in front of the home and went to the door claiming her car had broken down. That's when one of the people in the home, Austreberto Valencia, 23, went out to help her.
Valencia said once he was at the car, that's when at least two people approached him, one armed with a handgun. Valencia said they forced him back to the home.
Detectives say they believe the motive was to steal marijuana stored inside the home but at some point Valencia was able to obtain a semi-automatic pistol and shot two of the suspect.
Officials said that's when the woman and one of the men left the scene southbound on Highway 99 W in a white 2006 4-door Charger that was lowered and possibly had tented windows. Officials added there is no front license plate but the plate holder is cracked or damaged.
Officials said the other man ran from the scene in a north easterly direction from the scene.
Detectives spent most of the night investigating the scene and interviewing witnesses. At this time, detectives are working to establish evidence and information to confirm Valencia's chain of events.
No arrests have been made at this time and the investigation is ongoing. Both the pistol and the semi-automatic rifle have been recovered.
The two suspects that were killed have not been identified but the preliminary investigation indicates they died as a result of gunshots to the head.
The three suspects who remain on the loose are only described as two Hispanic men and one Hispanic woman.
Valencia, as well as the other two people inside the home at the time, were not injured during the incident.