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Gunman opens fire at a Southern California law firm; at least 2 dead

The police at the scene of an active shooting in Long Beach, California. Friday, Dec. 29, 2017.

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A normally quiet neighborhood in Southern California, filled with commotion Friday after a man walked into a lawyer’s office and shot two people — killing one of them — before using the gun on himself.

The police got reports of a shooter at 2:25 hours at the law firm in the Bixby Knolls section of Long Beach – an ocean city south of Los Angeles, Fox 11 reported.

The shooter was not immediately identifiable, but Long Beach city Councilman Al Austin told the Los Angeles Times that the gunman was a former employee of another law firm.

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Dozens of police officers, including members of a SWAT team, surrounded the building. The first officers to arrive entered the office looking for the shooter, and initially found groups to be terrified for the workers to hide or try to escape, the Los Angeles Daily News reported, citing police sources.

Residents said they were shocked by the sudden and substantial police presence.

“If you see helicopters over your house, and they of the police helicopters, that is a bad sign,” Kelly Bray, 61, told the Los Angeles Times.

Eventually, police confirmed the shooter and another victim were dead, a third person was injured. The wounded victim drove himself to a hospital, where he was reportedly in stable condition.

During a press conference, Sgt. Brad Johnson of the Long Beach Police Department said that the suspect shot himself — but it remained unclear whether he died before or after the police arrived.

His motive was not immediately adopted, but the authorities indicated that he does not attempt to target as many victims as possible.

Authorities say that there are no police officers were injured.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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