Russell French and his wife, Paola, were shouting in pain after they and their son Kenneth were shot by off-duty Los Angeles police Officer Salvador Alejandro Sanchez in the Costco in Corona on June 14, 2019.

“My whole side was burning,” French testified on Thursday, Aug. 11, and he saw someone praying over him.

“That’s not a good sign,” French, 61, added matter-of-factly.  Worse, Kenneth was immobile and silent.

“The little energy I had, I was able to move my head. I told him to pray over Ken,” French told Deputy Attorney General Mike Murphy.

French testified about the moments leading up to the gunfire and the couple’s recovery during the second day of Sanchez’s preliminary hearing in Superior Court in Riverside.

The day’s testimony concluded with French being cross-examined by defense attorney Michael D. Schwartz. The hearing is scheduled to resume at 1:30 p.m. on Monday. Judge Samuel Diaz Jr. will decide whether there is sufficient evidence to hold Sanchez for trial on charges of voluntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon.

Sanchez has pleaded not guilty. He is not in custody.

The state Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case after concluding that Sanchez’s actions as a police officer — shooting Kenneth French after the 32-year-old struck Sanchez with a blindside, unprovoked punch — were not reasonable. The Riverside County Grand Jury had previously declined to indict Sanchez and District Attorney Mike Hestrin decided not to file charges.

The LAPD fired Sanchez after an investigation into his actions. In a civil case, a federal jury in October awarded $17 million to Kenneth French’s estate and his parents.

For the second day in a row Thursday, there was testimony from a witness who said Sanchez believed that Kenneth French had shot him. But no gun was recovered from French, who is intellectually disabled, and authorities have said that Sanchez was the only shooter.

Russell French told Murphy that he had just handed his wife, Paola, 62, a sausage sample from a booth in the deli area and walked away. Kenneth was near the booth as well. The next thing French heard was someone shouting “police officer” and his wife pleading, “Don’t shoot.” He then saw someone sitting on the floor pointing a gun at him.

“I said, ‘Don’t shoot. My son is sick,’ and things happened at lightning speed,” French testified. Suddenly, “We’re all shouting in pain.”

Sanchez again Thursday sat at the end of the defense table, next to investigator Bobby Dean, writing notes on a yellow legal pad and whispering comments to Dean and Schwartz.

French said he lost a gall bladder and kidney to the bullets and survived by “a half millimeter,” a doctor told him, when a bullet only grazed his pancreas.

But Russell French testified that he and his wife still suffer from physical and mental wounds.

“We have a policy at home,” he said. “She doesn’t speak pain. I don’t speak pain. Otherwise, we are going to go down together.”

Samira Shokoor testified she was in the deli when she saw someone pull a gun out of his shorts pocket as he was falling. She ran when she heard the first shot.

“I was in disbelief that I was watching someone shooting in Costco,” Shokoor said.

William Gagnon was in the TV section when he heard the shots. He testified that he walked over to the deli and, seeing four people lying on the floor, assumed that there had been two shooters. Spotting Sanchez still holding a gun, Gagnon asked him where the second shooter was.

“He still has a gun,” Gagnon testified that Sanchez told him, pointing toward Kenneth French.

Gagnon went over to French and searched for a gun. He said he could not find one.

Gagnon then held French’s hand until he died.