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LONG BEACH (AP) — Long Beach police are sealing off an apartment building after reports that a man who fired a gun in the air is barricaded inside a unit.

Sgt. Rico Fernandez says officers were called to the Linden Avenue building at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Fernandez says a man was seen firing a handgun in the air before returning to an apartment. Witnesses reported hearing anywhere from a handful to 10 shots.

Fernandez says the man is believed to be barricaded in the unit. A SWAT team is on scene and residents of nearby homes are being evacuated.

No injuries have been reported.

Fernandez says it’s unclear whether authorities have made contact with the man so there’s no word on a motive.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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