Officer shoots two men at The Shoppes at Chino Hills


Winston Cho

SHOT SPOT – A random shooting occurred right outside Dripp, a coffee shop in the Shoppes. The parking lot was temporarily closed for investigation.

Two men were shot by an off-duty Huntington Park police officer on Oct. 4 at The Shoppes at Chino Hills after a road rage incident ensued between two parties.

The event that led to the altercation occurred while the two parties were traveling southbound on the 71 Freeway. The two cars then drove into the parking lot near Dripp and Panera Bread. The two parties involved in the shooting were a police officer and a party of four men.

After getting out of the vehicle, the four men approached the officer. According to police reports, the officer believed that two of the suspects were armed so he proceeded to fire. Two of the four men were shot—one in the arm and the other in the leg. The men attempted to run away but were soon caught and arrested by Chino Hills deputies.

Rosie Galvez, a Panera Bread cashier, was a that night. “The night of the shooting was intense. All I remember seeing [is] the customers [running] behind the register and I saw little kids crying. It was kind of [chaotic] cause no one knew what was really going on. All we heard were gun shots. I’m glad that not many people were injured,” she commented.

The two critically injured men were taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Two objects were seized from the crime scene: a knife and a can of pepper spray. The officers are still currently investigating this case to clarify details.