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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Residents of Huntington Beach reflect the deadly US Open shooting

Two days after the deadly police shooting at Huntington Beach, California, on September 25, during the US Open of Surfing, spectators reflected the noise that forced spectators to flee in fear.

Locals walked along the boardwalk on the morning of Sept. 27, and workers cleaned tents, bleachers, and remaining scrap from the surf event.

A little rain fell from the cloudy sky and the merchants opened their doors, and it seemed as if nothing had happened a few days before.

An eyewitness to the Sept. 25 shooting, who told pseudonym Ryan Johnson to leave, told The Epoch Times that he had heard Ronnie Andrew Garcia give multiple warnings to stop before the first shot shortly after 3 p.m.

Johnson was working with a colleague at a booth in Visit Huntington Beach when chaos began at the end of the US Open tour for the day.

“The beach is getting clearer,” Johnson said. “There were more people on the boardwalk. The beach was open. When it first happened, we first thought it was fireworks. We were standing right next to it.”

The scene frightened eyewitnesses, including Johnson, who fled the area with his colleague.

According to Johnson, police gave Garcia enough time to surrender before the shooting. Johnson saw the first shot go as Garcia fell into the sand.

Garcia then tried to get up quietly when Johnson said he got something before he fired again. When Garcia fell once more, the police rushed to do CPR.

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“It’s graphic; You can’t see it for a while, ”Johnson said.

As the US Open drew to a close later than usual at the end of the year, Johnson imagined what would happen if the shooting happened when millions of spectators were in attendance during the event’s regular schedule in early August.

A resident of Huntington Beach, standing outside Duke’s Huntington Beach restaurant, told The Epoch Times that he was a mile and a half away on 17th Street when he heard the shots stop.

Being further away from the scene, he suspects the sound like an explosion to be fireworks.

“I was on 17th Street when it happened,” the resident, who declined to be named, told The Epoch Times. “It didn’t look like it was a shot. I thought someone had cut it in half. ”

Police responded to the U.S. Open after receiving a report of a suspect’s gun, the Huntington Beach Police Department said in a statement.

Garcia was reported incomplete by police and was given several orders before firing. The police department recovered the gun from Garcia at the scene.

The US Open Surf event lasted for less than 24 hours.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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