UPDATE: This story has been updated after deputies said the shelter in place was lifted, and the suspect had fled the area.

MADERA COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – Two people were shot on Thursday night in Madera and the suspect fled the scene despite law enforcment attempting to capture the suspect, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.

Residents near the area of Madera Acres were asked to shelter in place, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say they got a call around 5:30 p.m. for a possible shooting near the 2400 block of Ingomar Drive. When deputies arrived, they say they found two women had been shot.

The suspect crashed his vehicle in the area and then ran from the scene armed with a rifle.

Residents near the areas of Road 25 and Ingomar Drive, Avenue 18 1/2 and 18 1/4, and Burgundy Road were being asked to stay in their homes.

The suspect has been described as a black male adult, 5’8” 150-180 pounds, with shoulder-length dreadlocks. He was wearing red shorts and is armed with a rifle.

Deputies say they believe the suspect and the victims knew each other. The two victims were taken to the hospital and their conditions are unknown, according to deputies.

Residents in the area were asked to shelter in place at the time. Deputies later said that the suspect fled the scene, and the shelter in place had been lifted.