Police looking for suspects after 2 boys fatally shot outside California elementary school

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This Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, photo released by the Union City Police Department shows crime scene evidence markers at the parking lot of the Searles Elementary School in Union City, Calif.

Two boys sitting in a van at a parking lot of a Northern California elementary school were fatally shot early Saturday, police say.

The 14- and 11-year-old boys, whom police did not identify, were confronted in the parking lot Searles Elementary School in Union City, about 30 miles outside of San Francisco, when reports of gunshots in the area came in to 911 dispatchers, police said.

The 14-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene while the 11-year-old died en route to the hospital, Union City Police Department said in a news release.

“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,” Gigi Erickson, who lives near the school, told KPIX-TV. “I’m just so heartbroken that these kids had to go through that.”

The department called the shooting a “tragic incident” in its statement and said it was looking into the motive. No arrests have been made, nor do police have a description of the suspect or suspects, the department said.

Police also said they were looking into whether the shooting could be connected to a separate, non-fatal shooting days earlier or to gang violence, but there was no evidence showing either link.

In a statement, New Haven Unified School District Superintendent John Thompson said one of the boys attended school in the district while the other was a former student.

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