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LAPLACE, La. - Two St. John Parish sheriff's deputies are recovering in area hospitals after a tragic shooting left two of their fellow officers dead.

The incident began when a suspect shot a deputy in a satellite parking lot that is used by contract workers for Valero.

The gates to the parking lot were closed on Friday morning, but are scheduled to reopen on Monday.

State Police refer to the scene as a very active investigation.

A number of workers were unaware of the closure and attempted to get in the parking lot for their 6 a.m. shift.

'We were told we have to go to a different parking lot we have to park in down the street. Some people are advised not to come to work. Some are parking in different lots,' said Brandon Phillip.

'It's a disappointment that we can't make a dollar right now because of the situation. It's just a crazy world out there,' Roderick James, another worker using the lot.

When asked about Thursday's shootings, Phillip said, 'It's unbelievable. I can't believe that it's happened. I feel sorry for the cops' families. It's unreal.'

John Carter said he was on his way to work when he heard of the incident.

'You know, I know how it feels to lose somebody. I lost my wife in April. Just to know that somebody died and somebody died trying to protect us. It turns your heart up,' he said.

On Friday night, the community will gather to remember deputies Brandon Nielsen and Jeremy Triche and to pray for the recovery of deputies Michael Scott Boyington and Jason Triche.

The candlelight vigil starts at 8 p.m. on the front lawn of the Percy Hebert Building at 1801 W. Airline Highway.

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