Police in Richmond, Calif. are searching for a gunman who shot two teens inside a church on Sunday.
Authorities say the gunman walked into the New Gethsemane Church of God in Richmond during a church service. Two companions in hooded sweatshirts walked in with him. They scanned the pews and fired five shots, hitting a 14-year-old boy and 19-year-old man in front of about 100 people.
Both victims were hospitalized and were expected to survive. Their names have not yet been released.
Charles Miller, a 64-year-old deacon of the church, said members of the congregation were about to tell the men to take off their hoods when the shooting began.
"I was listening to the choir and all of a sudden there was a 'pop pop pop pop pop,'" Miller told the San Francisco Chronicle. "Everyone hit the floor. I didn't know the shooting was inside the church at first, until I heard all of the hollering and screaming."
"It's a sense of lawlessness that exists within the city of Richmond and unfortunately it's gonna get worse," said Rev. Andre Shumake, president of the Richmond Improvement Association. "I mean this was a brazen incident."
The city of Richmond has already seen seven homicides this year. It is located in California on the East Bay and has a population of more than 100,000.