After his classes were canceled Wednesday, Nathan Hernandez, 25, stayed glued to the television all afternoon, watching news of the deadly shooting.
Suddenly, Hernandez said, he heard the sounds of a police pursuit and bullets struck the side of his house.
Pops of gunfire continued, he said, for up to two minutes. When he called 911, a dispatcher told him to stay down and lock all his doors.
"You could tell there was crossfire," Hernandez told the Los Angeles Times by phone as he crouched on the floor in his family's living room. "They were shooting so many rounds per second."
"It felt timeless," said Mahir Rahman, a 17-year-old student at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands. "It felt like an eternity."
Rahman had just come home from school around 3 p.m. and was walking to the kitchen for a glass of water when he heard the shots.
Rahman said he and his mother ran into his bedroom and slid under the bed. His cellphone began lighting up with texts from friends. "Your house is on TV," said one.
About 10 minutes later, he said, they crept into the living room and peered out the window, spotting more than 20 police cars parked on the street and officers armed with tactical gear.
By 4:15 p.m., about an hour later, they still hadn't received the all-clear from officials to leave.