Suspect In Custody After Opening Fire On Children Standing In Line For Ice Cream
A shooting suspect in custody in San Bernardino after a nearly seven hour standoff which began when the suspect opened fire on children who were standing in line for ice cream.
The man reportedly struck the truck and another vehicle with gunfire and no injuries were reported, however, one young woman was taken to the hospital after suffering from a panic attack.
[su_center_ad]The suspect also fired on authorities during the standoff.
According to CBS Los Angeles, police said the man refused to talk to them and was “ranting.”
By 11:30 p.m., police fired tear gas into the home.
Residents in nearby homes were evacuated as a precautionary measure.
According to witnesses, the suspect was described as a middle aged man who often creates a nuisance in the neighborhood over garbage or mail boxes. Others described him as between 50 and 60-years-old.
Witnesses said there several kids were standing in line for ice cream when the shooting occurred.
According to one 9-year-old witness, the man screamed, “You [expletive], you better get inside.”
Who he was screaming at is not clear.
The man pointed the gun at the 9-year-old as he began running, according to the young witness.
Another young woman told the reporter with CBS that she saw the man in the middle of the street firing. The girl’s uncle got her down on the ground and said she and two other kids were covered in broken glass after a bullet shattered a car window.
The girl was so panicked she had to be taken to the hospital.
“This guy just came out his house and starting shooting us,” Adrian Negrete said, “Shooting at us, the ice cream truck.”
One 9-year-old said, “He just said he was going to start shooting kids. He started shooting at me and then he started shooting at other kids.”
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