One man was shot dead and another injured when gunfire rang out at a California cemetery as multiple suspects fled the scene, according to authorities.
A large group of people reportedly gathered near grave sites at the Santa Ana Cemetery on Wednesday evening when shots were unexpectedly fired.
Authorities rushed to the scene around 6:30pm to find two victims of the double shooting still inside the cemetery.
The Orange County Register reports that one unidentified man in his 20s or 30s was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
A second unidentified man was wounded and taken to a local hospital for treatment. He reportedly has at least one wound in his lower body, but it is not considered life threatening.
Officers arrived to the Santa Ana Cemetery on Wednesday to find one man shot dead and another injured
The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle before officers arrived. Police reportedly detained and interviewed several possible witnesses at the cemetery.
A witness named Gari Aldridge told Fox 11 that he was preparing a barbecue when he heard ‘six or eight shots.’
‘I was getting ready to start a barbecue then I heard gunshots, some gentleman were here in the cemetery, 5 or 6 males,’ said Aldrige.
The Santa Ana Police Department descended onto the scene at the cemetery and opened an active investigation into the matter
A witness said he heard ‘six or eight gunshots’ on Wednesday and said he saw a gunman chasing after at least three people
Authorities warned residents to stay away from Santa Ana Cemetery as the homicide investigation continues
‘One guy started shooting, he ended up shooting one man, two other guys got away.
‘There were some loud voices, but not a whole lot of yelling. The guy who was shooting was chasing two guys away and a third one, who was actually hit, went to the ground.’
Homicide detectives meanwhile set up an investigation into the incident and were pictured at the cemetery yesterday.
It’s unclear what caused the shooting, the exact number of suspects involved and if the victims knew each the gunman.
Evidence markers appeared to show several cases of beer and alcohol at the shooting scene (pictured)
Evidence markers set by investigators at the scene appeared to show several cases of beer and alcohol left near where the victim’s dead body was found.
Other evidence markers were reportedly spotted near near grave sites, three folding chairs and in the roadway.
Authorities warned residents to avoid the area as the investigation continues.
DailyMail.com reached out to the Santa Ana Police Department for further comment.