Tragedy strikes former Kuwait-based Indian family

The Corona police department investigate a shooting inside a Costco in Corona Friday evening June 14, 2019 which left one person dead and 3 others injured, including the shooter. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

The Alvares, an Indian family, who formerly lived in Kuwait and migrated to America, suffered a terrible tragedy. According to media reports, the Alvares was shopping at a Costco outlet in downtown Los Angeles in Southern California on Friday night, when their son, Kenneth got into an altercation with an off-duty police officer.

The argument turned heated, and the officer opened fire, shooting Kenneth dead and causing severe injuries to his parents, Paula and Russell Alvares. The gun fire caused a stampede among terrified shoppers, with many hiding in the store and others escaping with employees through the emergency exits.

Police on being alerted to the gunfire at the huge store about 80 kilometers southeast of downtown Los Angeles, surrounded the area and moved to subdue the gunman and take him into custody.

Eyewitnesses said they saw someone arguing with a man described as having a Mohawk haircut near a freezer section when the latter pulled out a gun and fired at least six shots. Corona police Lt. Jeff Edwards said in a press statement issued on Saturday that the man involved in the argument was killed and two other people were wounded, with their conditions unknown. Edwards added that the suspected gunman was apprehended, and was taken to the hospital for treatment for his injuries.