LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — Two people are dead Wednesday after a triple shooting at a Long Beach home.

Gunfire erupted at about midnight in the backyard of a home in the area of 53rd Street and Orange Avenues, police said. Three people were shot.

One man was pronounced dead at the scene. A second man died as he was being taken to the hospital, police said. A third person was wounded with non-life-threatening injuries.

One of the victims was identified as 53-year-old Suy Phavong who escaped as a teenager from the Cambodian Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge regime. He grew up in Long Beach, married and had five children.

The shooter is still at large, and police have not released a description.

The street is generally quiet, according to neighbor Sergio Salinas.

“It’s normally calm,” he said. “I really don’t see anything happening around here.”

Witnesses are being questioned by police.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)


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