Three people were killed and nine others were wounded as the result of a shooting incident at a Halloween costume party in Long Beach, California.
According to Reuters, Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Karen Owens said law enforcement and firefighters quickly reached the scene but the three victims, all males in the 20’s, were dead.
The wounded were cared for but their immediate status was not made available.
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The Washington Post reports victims were found inside and outside the residence.
USA Today reports Jake Heflin, a Long Beach Fire Department public information officer, said a paramedic on the scene described it as “full of chaos.”
It was not immediately clear to law enforcement if the shooting was the work of one or more shooters as: “No suspects were in custody and no motive had been immediately determined.”
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According to several witness testimony, there were 20 to 30 shots fired during the incident:
Lambert Alcendor, 21, told the Long Beach Press-Telegram he was walking to a liquor store when he saw a white car swerving onto the street. Then he heard 20 to 30 shots.
“I definitely heard a lot of shots,” he said. “And that’s when I started running.”
Oscar Cancio, 33, said he was unloading hockey equipment from his car when he heard what sounded like between nine and 11 gunshots. He told the Press-Telegram he thought they were fireworks until he heard a helicopter circling overhead and sirens approaching.
He saw three people who were completely still, as they were taken away from the building on stretchers. Others dressed in costumes were limping out of the building, he said.