Long Beach Shooting: Mass Shooting at California 'Halloween Party' Leaves Three People Dead and Nine Injured

Update (10/31/2019): Long Beach Police Department has released additional information relating to the case, including the age and gender of the victims.

Two men and seven women aged 20 to 49 were injured and three men killed after an unknown suspect(s) opened fire on a group of people attending a party at the residence.

Preliminary investigations reveal the shooter targeted the group from an alley located behind the property. It is thought the suspect fled from the scene in a dark-colored vehicle immediately after the event.

A preliminary description of the suspect describes a man of unknown race wearing dark clothes and concealing his face at the time of the incident.

"This is a tragic incident that is not at all reflective of our community," Long Beach Police Department Chief of Police Robert Luna said in a press release. "We are committed to working tirelessly to bring those responsible to justice and provide the victims with the services they need."

The investigation is still ongoing and police ask anyone with any information relating the incident to contact the Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detail Detectives Mark Mattia or Donald Collier at (562) 570-7244.

Original report: A mass shooting took place at a home in Long Beach, California, on Tuesday night—leaving three men killed and another nine people injured.

Authorities responded to a shooting at an address in the 2700 block of 7th Street near Temple Avenue on the eastside of Long Beach at 10:44 p.m., next door to a nail salon.

Paramedics confirmed a total of three fatalities, all of whom were adult males declared dead on arrival. A further nine people were wounded during the shooting and have been transported to local area hospitals—five were taken to the emergency room immediately and four were delayed, a statement from Long Beach Fire Department reveals. A mass casualty incident with 12 patients was declared, it adds.

At 10:44 pm, @lbfirefighters responded to shooting at a residence on the 2700 block of 7th Street. An MCI was declared with a total of 12 patients. 3 confirmed fatalities (adult males) 9 patients transported to local area hospitals. 5 immediate & 4 delayed. PIO onscene. pic.twitter.com/k8txxNqZfL

— Long Beach Fire (CA) (@LBFD) October 30, 2019

ABC7 reports multiple shell casings have been spotted in an alley behind the home, suggesting the incident took place outside.

According to the Los Angeles Times, residents recall hearing up to 20 gunshots and the sound of emergency service vehicles just minutes later. Witnesses have suggested a Halloween party may have been taking place at the house when the incident took place.

There has been very little detail concerning the identity or status of the shooter or any motive for the alleged mass killing.

Jake Heflin, a public information officer with the Long Beach Fire Department, told reporters early this morning fire officers are clearing the scene as an investigation into the incident led by the Long Beach Police Department gets underway.

Here’s Jake Heflin, public information officer with the @LBFD giving reporters an update on the fatal shooting at a Halloween party in #LongBeach pic.twitter.com/KIu0IEWH3e

— Ruben Vives (@LATvives) October 30, 2019

This will be the 349th mass shooting in the U.S. and the 45th mass shooting in the state of California alone since the start of 2019, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

A recent study funded by the National Department of Justice and reported by the Los Angeles Times found mass shootings like these are not only becoming more common, but they are becoming deadlier. Eleven of the 22 deadliest mass shootings in the U.S. since 1949 have taken place since 2010, Axios reports.

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Fire officials were called to an address in Long Beach following a mass shooting that left three men dead and nine others injured. Pictured: emergency vehicles. TheaDesign/iStock

The expiry of the Clinton-era federal assault weapons ban in 2004 saw the number of mass shootings increase more than threefold in the by 2014, according to a study due to be published in the journal Law and Contemporary Problems and reported by Newsweek. Deaths from mass shootings increased more than fourfold within the same time frame.

A recent poll conducted by Gallup and published this month found that Americans are just as concerned about mass shootings as they are terrorism, with 45 percent of respondents reporting they were "very" or "somewhat" worried about being a victim of a mass shoting—up from 38 percent in 2015 and 39 percent in 2017.

The article has been updated to include updates from the investigation.