Five people injured in shooting near site of LA gun buyback event
At least five people were injured in the firing Los Angeles The beach Saturday night, a few miles away from the site of a gun buyback event held earlier in the day the police and a city official, officials said.
Lieutenant Sharon Brady of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Harbor Community Police Station said officers responded to a report of a shooting at Royal Palms Beach in the San Pedro area at 5:44 p.m., the Los Angeles Times reported.
Emergency responders transported four people with gunshot wounds to local hospitals. At around 7 p.m., police learned the fifth victim had been taken to the hospital by a friend, Brady said.
“We have some in critical condition, some in stable condition and some in critical condition,” Brady said.
A suspect reportedly fled the scene in a car but no arrests had been made as of Saturday evening.
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The gun buyback event held in Wilmington was hosted by Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn in partnership with the police department. Hahn said at least 45 guns were exchanged for gift cards at the event.
Hahn and Los Angeles City Councilman Tim MacOskar released a joint statement saying they were outraged and saddened by the shooting.
It is tragically ironic that today we hosted a gun buyback event just a few miles away from this location,” he said in a statement posted on social media.
Royal Palms Beach in San Pedro, which is located just west of Terminal Island and the Port of Long Beach, will be closed Sunday to continue the investigation into the shooting and will close earlier Saturday because of concerns about safety and peaceful community use. Work on plans to ensure, Hahn and MacOskar said.
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