A real estate professional was shot to death and three other adults were wounded — including the alleged killer — at a Huntington Beach residence at the center of a family dispute.
The shooting was reported at 10:51 a.m. in the 4500 block of Operetta Street, Huntington Beach Police Capt. Tim Martin told City News Service.
The Huntington Beach SWAT team was dispatched to the scene, a perimeter was established and snipers could be seen on neighboring rooftops.
Residents in the immediate area were temporarily evacuated, and at 12:24 p.m., police sent a tweet asking the public to avoid the neighborhood south of Edinger Avenue between Bolsa Chica Road and Fantasia Lane.
Police responded to a shooting in progress call and “found three individuals in front of the residence suffering from gunshot wounds,” Martin said. “Officers worked to safely evacuate the injured victims to a waiting ambulance, as the suspect was still believed to be barricaded inside the residence. While officers were evacuating the victims, a male, who was believed to be the shooter, came out of the residence with a superficial gunshot wound.”
All four wounded adults were taken to hospitals for treatment. One man died, one victim was treated and released, and the other victim and the suspect remained hospitalized, he said.
The man who died and the two other victims were real estate professionals, Martin said.
“Based upon the preliminary investigation, it is believed that the shooting was related to a family dispute pertaining to the upcoming sale of the residence,” he said. “A group of real estate professionals accompanied a family member to view the residence when the shooting took place. Names of the victims and suspected shooter are being withheld at this time.”
According to FOX11, the home is in probate and the dispute involved siblings — some who want to sell it and one who is living there and does not want to sell.
By nightfall, neighbors were allowed to return to their homes, but the investigation at the involved house continued, Martin said.
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