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2 sought in shooting at Long Beach apartment

January 27, 2012 |  7:03 am

Long Beach shooting
Long Beach SWAT officers searched an apartment building for two shooting suspects Friday morning, evacuating dozens of residents.

Lt. Paul LeBaron of the Long Beach Police Department told KTLA-TV that the shooting happened about midnight at the 10-unit building in the 100 block of Plymouth Street after an argument between neighbors escalated into gunfire.

The shooting victims — a man and a woman — were targeted by the gunmen, LeBaron said. They were taken to a local hospital for treatment. One of the victims was in critical condition, LeBaron said.

Long Beach officers believed that the two suspects were barricaded inside the apartment building and up to 40 residents were evacuated to a nearby elementary school. Four to five city blocks were closed during the search as Long Beach police tried to contact the suspects with loudspeakers and via telephone.

SWAT officers eventually served a search warrant and scoured the entire building, but they were unable to find the suspects, LeBaron said. Police said they know the names of the two suspects, and continue to search for them. The evacuated residents were going to be allowed back in their homes, LeBaron said.


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Photo: Two suspects are sought in a Long Beach shooting. Credit: KTLA-TV