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(FOX NEWS) – A California man has been arrested and charged with murder after he allegedly shot and killed his grandmother and his father’s girlfriend as they opened presents on Christmas.

“During the visit, Alvarez fired shots striking his grandmother (Magdalena Alvarez) and his father’s girlfriend (Meisa Rashid),” the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. hurry. “As Alvarez was leaving the house, he noticed his father in a parked vehicle. Alvarez fired shots in his direction, but did not hit him.

The family gathered at a house in Reedley on Christmas Day to exchange gifts, police say. Suspect Austin Alvarez, 23, allegedly pulled out a gun at some point during the visit and began shooting at family members.

Deputies responded to the house around 1.45pm and found Magdalena Alvarez, 58, and Meisa Rashid, 39, shot and killed.

Sheriff’s deputies learned that Alvarez fled the scene in a GMC pickup truck and launched a combined effort with the California Highway Patrol and police departments in Reedley, Sanger, Orange Cove and Kingsburg to find him. He was finally arrested a few hours after the shooting.

He faces two murder charges and one attempted murder charge. His bail was set at $2.5 million.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing and police said they have not yet established a clear motive in the case.

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