A California sheriff’s deputy is in grave condition and three others were wounded in a shooting spree that started in a motel parking lot in Sacramento on Friday, authorities said.
The incident began on Friday morning in the parking lot of a Motel 6 when a deputy approached a vehicle considered to be suspicious, said Sacramento County Sheriff Lieutenant R.L. Davis.
Someone inside the car fired multiple rounds at the deputy, who was struck in the chest and is in grave condition at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento, he said.
The car’s occupants, whom the California Highway Patrol described on Twitter as two heavily armed Hispanic suspects, then carjacked a vehicle nearby, shooting the woman who was at the wheel before fleeing, Davis said.
They then stole a third vehicle, a 2002 red Ford F150 pickup truck, and are believed to have crossed into neighboring Placer County, shooting two sheriff’s deputies there, Davis said.
The suspects are still at large and are being sought by multiple police agencies, he said.
(Reporting by Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Sandra Maler)