A Sand City shooting outside a California Target store on Monday injured two police officers and resulted in the deaths of two suspected gunmen as the investigation continues.
The two Sand City police officers were attempting to serve warrants to the two suspects when the men opened fire on the officers and wounded them both, according to the Monterey Herald.
During the ensuing gunfire, both suspects were killed.
“After the officers confronted them, the suspects opened fire,” said Sand City Police Chief Brian Ferrante during a press conference. “Both officers injured were transported to the hospital via ambulance and are in stable condition.”
The shooting occurred in the parking lot outside the Target store at the Edgewater Shopping Center, according to KSBW News
. The identities of the dead suspects will not be publicly released until next of kin have been duly notified.
Seaside police, the Monterey County Sherriff’s Office, and the California Highway Patrol all responded to the shooting, NBC Bay Area reported
. Although the Target store temporarily closed immediately after the incident, the 20 or so nearby stores at the shopping center remained open.
Bouchra Gygax, a student at Monterey Peninsula College, witnessed the shooting as she attempted to find a parking spot at the shopping center, according to the Monterey Herald. She reported watching as the two policemen held up one man while a second man’s foot dangled out of the car in front of them.
“While I was waiting people started pulling out their phones and somebody said, ‘The cop got shot and he shot back,’” Gygax said, according to the Herald. “It was crazy."
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