A shooting at a house party in Long Beach left three men dead, nine gunshot victims hospitalized, some with life-threatening injuries, and the suspect or suspects still on the loose, police said Wednesday.
Officers responded to a shooting call in the 2700 block of Seventh Street, near Temple Avenue, about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday and located several victims who had suffered gunshot wounds, according to Long Beach Police Department spokesperson Jennifer De Prez. Three victims were confirmed dead at the scene and nine others suffered gunshot wounds, some considered life-threatening, she said.
“The crime scene is horrific; there’s blood everywhere,” Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna told reporters at a briefing Wednesday morning.
Luna said the three deceased victims were men and the wounded included seven women and two males. There was no update on their conditions, he said.
“The shooter or shooters fired from an alley behind the residence,” Luna said. “Then the shooter or shooters fled in a dark-colored vehicle.”
A motive for the shootings was unknown.
Luna said the Los Angeles County coroner’s office would notify the next of kin about the deaths of their family members.
“That’s not a job anyone wants to do,” Luna said. “Can you imagine your loved ones go off to a party and the next thing that happens is you get a call from the coroner telling you your family member is dead. It’s heartbreaking.”
Luna said there were various reasons given for the party. One person said it was a Halloween party. Another person said it was an office party.
“In our preliminary investigation it appears most of the victims were from outside the city,” Luna said. “And it appears that a number of the victims did work at the same location.”
Luna said the department had 100 police employees out at the site of the shootings overnight.
“Our homicide detectives are on the scene searching for clues to the gunman,” Luna said. “They’re also searching the neighborhoods around the shooting for any cameras or video footage that will help us identify these coward or cowards who did this shooting. What kind of coward walks up to an apartment and starts firing into an apartment full of people indiscriminately?” he asked.
Luna also begged the public to call police with any information that will help them identify the shooter or shooters.
“I know someone out there knows something that can help us. Please call us,” Luna said.
“This is a horrific and sad day in our city,” Mayor Robert Garcia tweeted Wednesday. “We have 3 dead and multiple injured in an act of tragic gun violence. The LBPD is working hard – please keep the victims and their families in your thoughts.”