Authorities Investigating Armed Break-In at Home Depot in Turlock

TURLOCK -- The gunshots and burglary that led to a mess at a Turlock Home Depot lasted only minutes.

Around 4:20 a.m. Wednesday an employee called 911 reporting someone was trying to break into the store. Soon after, that the suspects had gotten inside.

"While we were on the phone with the dispatcher the original caller said they could hear shots being fired from within the store," Sgt. Russell Holeman, Turlock Police Department said.

The two masked men in dark clothing ran from the back entrance to the front entrance, broke out without taking anything and left before police arrived.

The whole ordeal took less than three minutes.

"It was kind of a panic, which took place amongst the two suspects. It’s unknown at this time if they expected to have as many employees inside as they actually did," Holeman explained. "And, that may have scared them if their intent was to commit a burglary or robbery because of the number of people inside that may have scared them and that’s what caused them to exit so quickly."

There were about 15 employees inside at the time of the burglary.

One employee told FOX40 the shots sounded like pallets falling. But the employee knew something was wrong when the assistant manager then called all of the employees into a back room.

Investigators tell Fox40 the suspects didn’t shoot at anyone in particular and no employees were hurt.

Turlock police have not made any arrests in this case and say the suspects are believed to be in their 20s. They are working to identify the suspects and the car they were driving.

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