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Man believed responsible for the reservation shootings, later dies of wounds after a police shootout.

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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:29 am, Mon Dec 10, 2012.

PORTERVILLE, Calif. -- Authorities in California on Sunday night confirmed a fifth death in a shooting of tribal members on an Indian reservation.

Tulare County sheriff's spokeswoman Chris Douglass said that an 8-year-old girl was among four family members killed by her father Saturday night. She was identified as Alyssa Celaya.

Authorities said 31-year-old Hector Celaya also killed his mother and her two brothers and wounded Alyssa's brother and sister, then died in a shootout with police.

Authorities have not disclosed what motivated Celaya to kill his relatives on the Tule River Indian Reservation in central California. Tribal members on the remote reservation said he had a troubled past.

"He had a real hard life," said Rhoda Hunter, the tribal council secretary. "But all of us do, we all have a hard time. But we try not to let it get the best of us."

Hunter said that Celaya's mother was a friend of hers. The Sheriff's Department identified her as 60-year-old Irene Celaya.

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