One killed in Corona Costco shooting involving off-duty LAPD officer
CORONA, Calif. (FOX 11) - Police said on Saturday no one was under arrest in connection with a shooting involving an off-duty LAPD officer at a Costco in Corona, in which one man was killed and two other people were wounded.
"No one has been arrested and no one is in custody for this incident. The off-duty officer was in an officer-involved shooting during this incident," Corona Police Officer Tobias Kouroubacalis said. "There is no one in custody and all people directly involved have been accounted for."
The off-duty officer was assigned to the Los Angeles Police Department's Southwest Station, and suffered minor injuries in the incident, said Officer Greg Kraft of the LAPD's Media Relations Section.
The officer was treated and released from an area hospital, Kraft said.
According to an LAPD statement:
'The Los Angeles Police Department has learned that one of our off-duty patrol officers assigned to Southwest Division was involved in a shooting in Corona Friday night. Our officer suffered minor injuries in the incident and was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released. The Department has initiated an Administrative Investigation and is working with the Corona Police Department to learn more about the incident. Any further questions regarding the incident should be directed to Corona PD at (951) 736-2330.'
A large group of law enforcement officers from multiple agencies and first responders converged at a Costco in Corona Friday night after reports of a shooting.
Officers responded to a shots fired call at the store, located at 480 N. McKinley St., at 7:45 p.m. Friday and anticipated an active shooter situation, according to Lt. Jeff Edwards of the Corona Police Department.
"They went inside and encountered four subjects down," Edwards said.
One man was shot and killed inside the store, according to Corona police. He has not yet been identified. Two others, including an off-duty police officer, were taken to the hospital with various degrees of injury, and police took the gunman into custody inside the store before being taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.
The Corona Police Department tweeted soon after apprehending the gunman, "the shooting incident in Corona has been stabilized. There is no apparent threat to our community from any outstanding persons."
Witnesses say the Costco was packed with shoppers when the gunfire broke out and everyone began running for their lives. One witness said there was an argument between two men in the freezer section of the store when suddenly one of the men pulled out a gun and began firing.
Police have not yet identified the shooter. The investigation is ongoing.
Customers who left shopping bags or other items need to contact Costco at 951-279-1190 to retrieve their property.
Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has information about it was asked to contact Corona Police Lt. Robert Newman at 951-817-5788 or via email at Robert.Newman@CoronaCA.gov.
CNS contributed to this story.