In the parking lot of a San Francisco Bay area elementary school early Saturday, 2 boys were found shot to death, authorities stated. Further, they added that shootings are unusual in the neighborhood.
The incident came to light after neighbors reported hearing gunshots coming from Searles Elementary School, whose small campus is located in a residential neighborhood. So, residents called 911 just before 1:30 a.m. on Saturday. Police found an 11-year-old and a 14-year-old alone in a van, both with gunshot wounds, Union City, California, police said in a statement Saturday. While one boy died on spot, the other one died while being taken to a hospital.
Gigi Erickson, who lives nearby, told CBS San Francisco that she was awakened to the sound of gunshots.
“All of a sudden, we heard this pop, pop, pop, pop, I mean it just kept going, it almost sounded like a machine-gun type, I mean it was just constant,” Erickson said.
Erickson asked why the boys came out so late at night in a van at the school and said, “I’m so heartbroken that these kids had to go through it.”
Police Investigate on 2 Boys Murder Case
Police stated it was unclear why the boys were so late at night in the parked van or whether they were accompanied by an adult.
They did not release the victims ‘ names because they are minors. Police are investigating whether the boys met anyone. They are also looking for suspects and a motive.
Neighbors reported hearing 15 to 20 gunshots-an unusual occurrence in what one resident described as a quiet neighborhood for CBS.
Late Saturday, the New Haven Unified School District announced that one of the victims was a district resident, while the other was a former student.
John Thompson, superintendent of the school district, gave a statement. He said that the district would “support students and staff at the sites. Also, it will be where these students attended when school resumes after the Thanksgiving break.”
“We also work closely with the Union City Police Department to ensure that our schools are as safe as they can be,” Thompson said.