Shooting at Long Beach, Calif., Halloween P arty Kills 3

8:10 A.m.
October 30, 2019

Three men were fatally shot and at least nine other people injured in an attack in Long Beach, Calif., on Tuesday night, the authorities said.
The shooting occurred on the 2700 block of Seventh Street in the Southern California city, 25 miles south of Los Angeles, during a Halloween party at a private home, according to fire officials and local news outlets.
The motive for the attack was not immediately clear. The police said they were looking for several suspects, according to KTLA 5, a local news station.

The Long Beach Fire Department said in a post on Twitter that it had responded to the shooting shortly before 11 p.m.

A spokesman for the Fire Department, Jake Heflin, told reporters that firefighters had arrived to a scene “full of chaos.”
“There were 12 patients involved in this incident,” Mr. Heflin said. The nine injured people were taken to hospitals, but their condition was not immediately known. The three dead were men in their mid-20s, Mr. Heflin added.

A Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman, Jennifer de Prez, said people at the residence where the shooting took place had been attending a party, and that some were wearing Halloween costumes. She said the victims had been found inside and outside the house.

Aerial footage showed firefighters triaging victims on yellow and red tarps outside a home and behind a nail salon. Neighbors and others said they had heard about 20 gunshots, and told the local news media that they initially thought they were fireworks. It was unclear what weapon or weapons had been used in the shooting as of Wednesday morning. Ms. De Prez said no suspect information could be confirmed as the police was still interviewing victims, but she added that the suspect or suspects had fled the scene before the police arrived.
Federal lawmakers, law enforcement officials and local communities have grappled with a response to mass shootings in the United States, with many debates focusing on gun control laws and better background checks on gun buyers.
California has the strongest gun laws of any American state, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a gun control advocacy group. It bans most assault weapons and limits purchases of new handguns to one person per month.
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