During the US Open of Surfing on September 25, two days after the fatal police shooting in Huntington Beach, Calif., spectators reflected on the uproar that caused visitors to flee in fear.
Locals did a boardwalk and staff cleaned tents, bleachers and remaining scraps from the surf event in the early hours of Monday afternoon.
It rained lightly from the cloudy sky and the businessmen opened their doors, as if something had happened just a few days ago.
A witness to Saturday’s shooting, who asked to go by the pseudonym Ryan Johnson, told The Epoch Times that he remembered police calling Ronnie Andrew Garcia shortly after 3 p.m. to stand before the first gunshot. Many warnings were given.
Johnson was working with a colleague at the Visit Huntington Beach booth when chaos broke out at the end of the day of the US Open.
“The beach was clearing up,” Johnson said. “There were more people on the boardwalk. The beach was wide open. When it first happened, we thought it was fireworks at first. We were standing right across. “
The scene panicked onlookers, including Johnson, who fled the area with his co-worker shortly after.
According to Johnson, police gave Garcia enough time to surrender before the shooting. Johnson saw the first shot when Garcia fell on the sand.
Garcia then attempted to get up slowly when Johnson said he carried something in his pocket before shooting again. As soon as Garcia fell again, the police rushed to do CPR.
“It’s graphic; you can’t ignore it for a while,” Johnson said.
With the US Open taking place later than usual, Johnson imagined what could happen if the shooting happened during the event’s regular scheduling in early August, when hundreds of thousands of visitors attend.
A Huntington Beach resident stood outside a Duke Huntington Beach restaurant early Monday and told The Epoch Times he was a mile and a half away on 17th street when he heard the shots.
Being far away from the spot, he suspected a loud explosion like sound from afar.
“I was on 17th street when this happened,” the resident, who declined to provide his name, told The Epoch Times. “It didn’t look like it was a single shot. I thought someone was cut in half.”
The Huntington Beach Police Department said in a statement that police responded to the US Open on Saturday after receiving reports about a suspect with a gun.
Police reported Garcia to be non-compliant and was given several orders before the shooting took place. The police department recovered the gun from Garcia on the spot.
After the fatal incident on Saturday afternoon, the US Open surf continued less than 24 hours later for the event’s conclusion.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times