“All of a sudden, we heard this pop, pop, pop, pop, I mean it just kept going, it almost sounded like a machine-gun type, I mean it was just constant,” Erickson said.
Erickson wondered why the boys were in a van at the school so late at night and added, “I’m just so heartbroken that these kids had to go through that.”
Police said it was unclear why the boys were in the parked van so late at night or whether they had an adult with them.
Police were not releasing the names of the victims because they are minors. Late Saturday, police were still investigating whether the boys were approached by one or more perpetrators on foot or in a car and were searching for a motive.
Neighbors reported hearing between 15 and 20 gunshots — an unusual occurrence in what one resident described to CBS as a quiet neighborhood.
The New Haven Unified School District confirmed late Saturday that the one of the victims was a student in the district, while the other was a former student.
John Thompson, superintendent of the school district, said in a statement that the district would have “support for our students and staff at the sites where these students attended when school resumes after the Thanksgiving break.”
“We also work closely with the Union City Police Department to ensure that our schools are as safe as they can be,” Thompson said.
Police noted a nonfatal double shooting early Wednesday morning just a half-mile from the site of Saturday’s double homicide but said there is no evidence that the incidents are linked.