“I see the deputies going into the house and I heard three shots – sounded like a 44 or bigger caliber gun,” said Schwier. “The next thing I know, I see four [deputies] in a group and one of them has a rag on his head, he evidentally took a head shot. Then I found out another one was wounded in the knee.”
“All hell broke loose,” he said. “A deputy was running down the street with his gun drawn. He screamed at his partner to ‘get the hell down here right now.’”
Authorities told him to leave the area as the gunman continued firing indiscriminately through the house, Schwier said. SWAT officers used his white plumbing van that was parked on the street as protection, according to Schwier.
Meanwhile Josh Habarian headed towards the neighborhood where sheriff’s say the suspect had barricaded himself. Habarian had received a call from his wife while he was at work, telling him she had heard gunshots on the next street over from their home.
Sheriff’s would not allow Habarian into the neighborhood, because a two block parimeter around the scene was blocked off. But Habarian says his wife told him, by phone, that she and their three-month old were fine.
Schwier said the suspect had been battling a drug addiction. A neighbor told Schwier that the suspected gunman was a resident of the house and was thinking about going into a rehab facility weeks ago.