2 Deputies Killed After Man Opens Fire Inside Busy Panera Bread

The suspect was also killed
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2016 6:02 PM CST
2 Deputies Killed After Man Opens Fire Inside Busy Panera Bread
An investigator walks at the scene of a shooting at a shopping center in Maryland on Wednesday. Two deputies were killed after a man opened fire inside a crowded Panera Bread during lunchtime.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Two sheriff's deputies are dead after a man opened fire in a busy Panera Bread during lunchtime Wednesday in Maryland, Fox News reports. According to the Washington Post, a deputy was called to the restaurant because a man was acting suspiciously. Fifteen-year-old Sophia Faulkner, who had decided against sitting near the man, described him as "sketchy." The deputy arrived and sat next to the man to talk to him, and the man shot him in the head. "Everyone started screaming," Faulkner tells Fox. "I was freaking out so much, and everybody was running to one side of the store. Families were huddling together. I didn't really know what was going on." The man took off running.

A second deputy caught up with the suspect and was shot, ABC News reports. He later died at the hospital. Two more deputies arrived at the scene and fatally shot the suspect. Sheriff Jefrey Gahler says he believes the first deputy was shot because he was wearing a uniform. The identities of the deputies have not been released. “They’re both two outstanding deputies who served the citizens of this county for 16 and 30 years respectively,” the Post quotes Gahler. The suspect has been identified as 67-year-old David Evans. He was wanted on two outstanding warrants, including one for assaulting a police officer in Florida. No citizens were injured during the shootings. (Read more shooting stories.)

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