Multiple residents called 911 and reported hearing gunshots around 1:30 a.m., the East Bay Times reported. Police arrived at the school and found the boys with gunshot wounds.
Crime scene evidence markers were placed in the parking lot of the Searles Elementary School where two boys were fatally shot early Saturday morning. (Union City Police Department via AP)
The older boy died at the scene and the younger boy died while being rushed to a hospital, police said. Their names were being withheld because of their age.
“How do you just kill kids?” a mother, whose son was a schoolmate of one of the deceased boys, told KGO-TV. “I don’t think he has quite grasped this yet,” she said of her son. “He is afraid to go outside.”
Police Lt. Steve Mendez told the Times that there was no sign of a connection between the shooting and the school where it took place. He said people occasionally gather in the relatively secluded parking lot.