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911 Call from Toys R' Us Shooting Released

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It's Black Friday. You're shopping at Toys R' Us in suburban Palm Desert. You hear two women start to fight over something and roll your eyes. Then... "he's got a gun!" Boom, boom, boom! Two men are running at each other shooting. Chaos erupts and you call 911:

Phone call from store employee

Luckily no one else is hurt. Alejandro Moreno, 39, of Desert Hot Springs, and Juan Meza, 28, of Cathedral City, shot and killed each other during an apparent running gun battle. Police responded, but arrested no one.