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3 dead, 9 wounded when gunfire rips through Long Beach party: Reports

Three people were killed and nine wounded in a mass shooting at a Halloween/birthday party in Long Beach, California, Tuesday night, Long Beach police said.

At least one shooter opened fire on the festivities from an alley behind the house in the Rose Park neighborhood shortly before 11 p.m., police said.

The Long Beach Fire Department said the dead were all men, all in their 20s, and all pronounced dead at the scene, according to KTLA. Police said that seven women and two men were wounded, ranging in age from 20 to 49. They were all transported to hospitals.

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About 25 to 30 people were at the house, the Long Beach Post reported, when the shooter appeared at the rear of the house from an alley. He was described as wearing dark clothing with his face concealed. Witnesses said about 20 shots were fired. The suspect fled in a dark-colored vehicle.

Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna said most of the people at the party lived outside Long Beach and worked at the same business, although he declined to identify the business. Luna said investigators had not determined a motive, but had seen “no evidence that this is gang involved whatsoever,” according to Fox 5 San Diego, but he told the Long Beach Post that “I don’t believe this was just a random act of violence.”

Chan Hou, who rents the home where the party was taking place, told the Post his son was throwing the party for a coworker.

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[Featured image: First responders outside home where shooting took place/Long Beach Fire Department]