SoCal Hal­loween party ends in shoot­ing that kills 3, wounds 9

Lodi News-Sentinel - - LOCAL / NATION - By Ruben Vives

LOS AN­GE­LES — Three peo­ple were killed and nine were hurt Tues­day night in a shoot­ing at a home in Long Beach, Calif.

The Long Beach Fire Depart­ment said of­fi­cials were called to the home around 10:44 p.m. and came across what au­thor­i­ties de­scribed as a mass ca­su­alty in­ci­dent.

Long Beach fire spokesman Jake He­flin said fire­fight­ers ar­rived to “a scene ob­vi­ously filled with chaos. There were 12 pa­tients in­volved in this in­ci­dent.”

The depart­ment said three men were dead and nine oth­ers were hurt, though their con­di­tions were not im­me­di­ately avail­able. Most of the dead and in­jured were in their mid- 20s, po­lice and fire of­fi­cials said.

Of­fi­cers found vic­tims in­side and out­side the home, said Long Beach po­lice spokes­woman Jen­nifer De Prez. It is un­known if the gun­man or gun­men fled on foot or in a ve­hi­cle, De Prez said.

It is also un­clear how many peo­ple were in the home at the time of the shoot­ing. De Prez said some vic­tims may have driven them­selves to hos­pi­tals. Few other de­tails were im­me­di­ately avail­able.

The shoot­ing oc­curred at a du­plex be­hind a nail sa­lon on 7th Street near Tem­ple Av­enue. Some wit­nesses said there might have been a Hal­loween party go­ing on at the house when the shots rang out.

Richard Vil­lalo­bos, 41, who doesn’t live far from the shoot­ing, said he heard nu­mer­ous gun­shots and, less than 10 min­utes later, po­lice sirens.

Some res­i­dents said they heard up to 20 shots. Oswaldo Mo­rales, 47, said he was in the area when he heard what sounded like sev­eral rounds of gun­fire — as many as 17 shots.

Then “si­lence, you didn’t hear a thing,” he said.

Mo­rales said min­utes later he heard fire and po­lice ve­hi­cles pass­ing through.


Long Beach Fire re­sponded to shoot­ing at a res­i­dence on the 2700 block of 7th Street on Wed­nes­day.

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