An example of a handgun being aimed. Photo from Pixabay.
An example of a handgun being aimed. Photo from Pixabay.

Two people who were gunned down in Coachella this week were teenagers, sheriff’s officials said Friday, and a search was continuing for the killers.

The victims — a 16-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl — were fatally shot around 8 p.m. Wednesday while they were inside a vehicle in the 86000 block of Calle Geranio, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities initially reported that one victim died and the other was injured, but later said the second person also died. Their names were not released.

There was no immediate word on what led to the shooting, and there was no description of the suspects, who fled the scene before deputies arrived.

According to sheriff’s officials, witnesses told deputies they saw two people on foot, described only as males, shooting at the vehicle the victims were in. They were last seen running toward a nearby apartment complex.

Anyone with information was asked to call investigator Juarez with the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777 or Investigator Glasper from the Thermal Station at 760-863-8990.

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