Police: 1 dead after shooting in Calif. Costco parking lot

2 people hospitalized

By Allison Horn, Zac Self
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An employee pushes carts at a Mount Prospect, Illinois, Costco store.

Two people were seriously injured and a third is dead after a shooting in a Chula Vista Costco parking lot Monday afternoon, according to police, KGTV reported.

The incident happened about 12:30 p.m. near the Costco at 1100 Broadway at Naples St. Other nearby stores include Walmart and Petco.

Police say a woman and her new boyfriend were putting away groceries in their car in the parking lot when the suspect approached from behind, shot both victims several times before turning the gun on himself.

“I was about to pull in to the parking lot, a parking space; I thought they were fighting or something," said Carlos, a witness who did not provide his last name.

Responding officers found the three victims suffering gunshot wounds, according to Lt. Dan Peak of the Chula Vista Police Department.

All three were taken to UCSD hospital with serious injuries where the suspected shooter was pronounced dead. Both victims are in surgery, police say.

The woman’s newborn child, who was in a stroller nearby at the time of the shooting, was uninjured in the incident.

Peak said at a Monday afternoon news conference that investigators believe the suspected shooter is either the ex-boyfriend or an acquaintance of the female victim.

"We can tell you is that we believe the scene is safe; we believe there is no danger to the public," said Peak.

A witness at a Panda Express across from the Costco parking lot said she didn’t see the shooting, but saw police cars swarm the area. Businesses in the area, including Costco, remain open.

Police say they recovered a handgun at the scene. There are no outstanding suspects, according to officers.

 

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