Image: California coffee house shooting
Nick Ut  /  AP
Authorities of the Los Angeles County Corners office remove a shooting victim from a coffee shop early Friday morning in San Gabriel, Calif. Police were still looking for the gunmen.
updated 2/11/2009 2:03:40 PM ET 2009-02-11T19:03:40

Police on Friday searched for two gunmen who opened fire inside a crowded coffee shop, killing one man and wounding six other people, several critically.

The motive for the shooting remained under investigation, but sheriff’s officials said it did not appear to be robbery because the masked gunmen opened fire immediately and did not demand money.

“As far as we can see, they came in and started firing,” sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

There were at least 40 people in the Coffee House cafe when the attack occurred late Thursday, but deputies were having a hard time finding witnesses.

“We know people saw something,” Whitmore said. “And we need them to come forward and help us solve this crime.”

Police responding to a panic alarm call from the shop were flagged down by several people who had been shot, San Gabriel police Sgt. Rene Hernandez said.

An initial report by authorities said two people had died in the attack, but Whitmore said only one was dead. The victim’s identity was not immediately released.

Two of the wounded were hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said.

Bloodstained cards
Detectives remained at the shop early Friday. Inside, bloodstained playing cards were scattered across the floor next to smashed glass.

The shop’s surveillance cameras were not working properly and did not record the attack, Hernandez said.

Responding officers who received a panic alarm call from the shop were flagged down by several people who had been shot, he said.

San Gabriel is located about 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

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