First responders assist the wounded
First responders assist the wounded after the shooting. Courtesy OnScene.TV

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 was on the loose Wednesday morning.

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.

Paramedics rushed five patients to hospitals and later transported four others, according to Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jake Heflin.

“Upon arrival, the engine company and the arriving paramedic unit identified a scene, obviously, full of chaos,” Heflin told reporters at the scene. “There were 12 patients involved in this incident. Three confirmed fatalities.”

A motive for the shooting was not determined, De Prez said.

Witnesses told the Los Angeles Times there might have been a Halloween party going on at the house when the gunfire erupted. Police could not confirm the type of party that had taken place.

A detailed description of the shooter or shooters was not immediately available.

No arrests were reported.

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