The police at the scene of an active shooting in Long Beach, California. Friday, Dec. 29, 2017.
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A lawyer who allegedly just had his sights on a Southern California law firm, opened fire in the office, the killing of a senior partner and injuring another before killing himself, according to the Orange County Register.
The newspaper quoted sources saying that the partner who was killed was the Large Longer, 75, and the partner who was injured, was Ronald Beck, who ran the day-to-day operations at Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin, Mendoza and Harrison, a personal injury lawsuit company in Long Beach.
“This man is the most caring, sincere man that I probably ever met,” old friend Jim Hall told the newspaper, referring to Longer. “He had a heart of gold and really cared for everyone who works for the company and considers them as members of his family. He certainly has not earned it.”
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The shooter’s name was not immediately known, the paper reported.
A friend of Beck’s, said that his son drove him to the hospital after the shooting, according to the paper.
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.
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.
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.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.