Two boys were shot and killed outside of an elementary school in Union City, California early Saturday morning and law enforcement are still unable to determine who was responsible or make any arrests.
The Associated Press reports the two boys, ages 11 and 14, were sitting in a minivan outside of Searles Elementary School when they were shot shortly after midnight.
According to the report, law enforcement officials said they began receiving calls of people hearing gunfire at 1:26 am.
The older of the two boys was pronounced dead at the scene while the younger boy died on his way to the hospital.
The Associated Press adds:
New Haven Unified School District Superintendent John Thompson said in a statement that the victims were minors.
Police Lt. Steve Mendez said there was no sign of a connection between the shooting and the school where it took place. People occasionally gather in the relatively secluded parking lot, Mendez told the East Bay Times.
Thompson said the school district “will have support for our students and staff at the sites where these students attended when school resumes after the Thanksgiving break.”
The district also will work with the Union City Police Department “to ensure that our schools are as safe as they can be,” he said.
The shooting is being investigated in tandem with another shooting that occurred on Wednesday morning, about 12:30 am when two men were also killed in Union City.
Police do not have evidence at this time to confirm whether or not the shootings are linked.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.