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Two Men Drinking Beers And 'Chilling' By A Grave Shot In Cemetery

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Two men who were drinking beer by a grave were shot during an altercation in a Santa Ana cemetery on Sunday.ABC-7 reports that the victims were hanging out, drinking beers at a grave site in Fairhaven Memorial Park around 12:30 p.m. when a gray SUV pulled up. According to Santa Ana police, the people inside the SUV started yelling.

KTLA reports that a fist fight ensued for an "unknown reason." Then shots were fired from the crew who arrived in the SUV, hitting the two men, who the L.A. Times reports are in their 20s. They are in "moderate" condition at a nearby hospital.

Juan Gonzalez, who was visiting the graves of family members with his baby girl, told the O.C. Register that he saw a fight break out yards from where they were, by the entrance to the cemetery, and that the whole ordeal only seemed to last about 10 seconds.

"There were two guys (at a grave) drinking beers just chilling," Gonzalez said. "Then these three guys rolled up on them and they started fighting."

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Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told the Register that they were investigating how many were involved in the incident, and whether it was gang related.

According to this photo taken by ABC-7, the two guys were drinking a Corona and what appears to be a classic 40 contained in the traditional black plastic bag wrapping.