On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at approx. 9:25 p.m., officers responded to the area of Anaheim Street and Walnut Avenue regarding a “shots fired” call, possibly coming from a nearby liquor store, which resulted in the death of two male adults, and the injuring of two others.
When officers arrived, they located four male adults inside the store, all who had been struck by gunfire. One subject was determined deceased at the scene. Two others were transported to a local hospital by Long Beach Fire Department paramedics. A second subject was pronounced deceased after arriving at the hospital.
Based on the preliminary investigation, it was determined the two deceased individuals were involved in a physical altercation inside the store with an unknown subject(s), which escalated into the shooting. The suspect(s), then fled the location.
What prompted the altercation and whether the incident is gang-related remains under investigation. No suspect information is available at this time, and no weapons were located at the scene. Detectives are searching for any video of the incident.
The victim determined deceased at the scene is only being identified as a 21-year-old resident of Long Beach. The victim pronounced deceased at the hospital is only being identified as a 22-year-old resident of Long Beach. Their identities and official causes of death will be determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. The third victim was hospitalized and has since been released. The fourth victim sustained a minor injury and was treated at the scene. No additional details about the third or fourth victims are being released.
Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is urged to contact Homicide Detectives Oscar Valenzuela and Shea Robertson at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.