Family members shot at Costco speak out for the first time


CORONA, CA – (KCBS & WIAT) Corona police say the shooting inside a Costco back in June, involved an off-duty LAPD officer who was, in fact, the shooter.

According to authorities, the officer got into some kind of altercation with a man (described as having a Mohawk-style haircut) and felt threatened.

The Corona Police Department says officers were sent to the scene at 7:46 p.m. Friday, June 14th after receiving calls of an active shooter inside the Costco store in Corona, and arrived at the scene in just under a minute.

Officers reported finding one dead and three wounded. The injured were transported to the hospital.

Corona police identified the dead man as 32-year-old Kenneth French of Riverside.

Authorities said the unidentified officer was shopping with his family when French (whom the officer did not know) assaulted the officer while the officer was holding his young child.  They went on to say that two of French’s family members were also injured and are in critical condition.

The off-duty officer was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released. His child was not injured.

Witnesses at the scene say they heard an argument before hearing seven or eight shots. About an hour after the shooting, Corona police said there was no “apparent threat”. This is an ongoing investigation.

WATCH: Members of the French family and their attorney speak publicly for the first time about the deadly incident. Kenneth French’s parents, Russell and Paola French, as well as Kenneth French’s brother, Kevin French, make a statement.

Russell and Paola French discuss the death of their son Kenneth French. They speak about their own injuries and current medical status, and about the incident itself.

The French family and their attorney Dale K. Galipo speak on why the surveillance video capturing the shooting should be released, as well as about whether they think the shooting officer should be criminally prosecuted.

Attorney Galipo also discusses the government claim that is being filed against the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Police Department Officer Salvador Sanchez.

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