The men were seen wearing turbans and shooting semi-auto rifles, handguns and shotguns. Check out what they did when federal and local authorities arrived.
The Victor Valley News said witnesses told a 9-1-1 operator that more than 100 shots were heard, and five to seven subjects wearing turbans were seen in the area shooting assault rifles, handguns and shotguns.
The news site said a reporting party told dispatchers there were 15 or more possibly armed men “of Middle Eastern” descent who were camped out in the area, “chanting loudly through the night in what was believed to be their native language.”
Sheriff’s officers who arrived first said a number of men, when approached, grabbed their possessions and began hiking toward a parking lot.
“During the hike, the men reportedly huddled up in possible discussion and at one point split up into two groups,” the report said.
CBS reported the investigation involved both federal and local law-enforcement officers, and a total of 17 suspects.
“Officials say the men were cooperative as they were detained and searched,” CBS reported. “All 17 men were eventually released because sheriff’s investigators say they had no outstanding warrants or criminal histories.”