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Community members ‘relieved’ after search for shooting suspect in Paso Robles ends

Paso Robles community reacts to search for shooter coming to fatal end
Posted at 5:30 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 20:30:01-04

The Paso Robles community is breathing a sigh of relief knowing an armed and dangerous man is no longer threatening neighborhoods.

Residents who sheltered in place during the massive search said they were impressed and grateful for the quick and massive response from law enforcement Thursday.

Residents said it was scary to see all the activity but now they have peace of mind.

Calwise Spirits Co. owner Aaron Bergh was getting ready to open his distillery on Ramada Drive when everything came to a halt.

"All of a sudden we start seeing sirens and cars shooting down the road, a helicopter going around all day," said Bergh.

Bergh was told to shelter in place with the rest of Templeton as authorities looked for 26-year-old Mason Lira, the suspected shooter in Wednesday's incident.

Paso Robles resident Karen Schneller said she felt uneasy throughout the search.

"I couldn't relax," Schneller said. "I was anxious, nervous and scared. This guy was on the loose."

The massive search happened just down the street from Schneller's home.

"It felt surreal. I never would have predicted that he would have been a quarter-mile away from me," Schneller said.

Residents said they felt like they could let their guard down after the search came to an end.

"I feel like I can get back to business and I am thankful for the Paso PD and the FBI and everyone who responded," Bergh said

Road closures on Highway 101 and the Highway 46 West on and off ramps reopened Thursday night.