2 Men Dead, 2 Women Wounded In Long Beach Shooting

LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Authorities Saturday said two people were killed and two others were wounded when a gunman opened fire on a group in Long Beach.

Shots were fired in the 6500 block of North Rose Avenue just before 10 p.m. Friday.

Investigators say the four victims, two men and two women, were standing outside a home near Artesia Boulevard when the suspect opened fire, KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reported.

2 Dead, 2 Wounded In Long Beach Shooting

Police said the two men were pronounced dead at the scene. They have been identified as 26-year-old Sophon Kao and 24-year-old Jerry Chim.

The two other victims were taken to an area hospital, where they were listed in serious but stable condition. The names of the wounded were not released.

Detectives said the four people shot were among a group of people celebrating a birthday. The suspect approached on foot and shot the victims while they were in an alcove next to the home.

It was also unclear if the suspect fled in a vehicle although witnesses told police a vehicle, described as a white Ford Explorer, was seen fleeing the scene, according to Mertz.

Neighbors told CBS2’s Joy Benedict that they heard as many as ten shots.

If you have information regarding the murders, you are asked to call Homicide Detectives Mark McGuire and Greg Krabbe at (562) 570-7244.

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