A shooting at a Redondo Beach pier left two people wounded and the suspected gunman dead, police said.
(CBSLA) REDONDO BEACH — According to officials, an armed man who opened fire on the Redondo Beach Pier Wednesday night, injuring two individuals, was shot and killed by police.
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The incident started at 8:20 p.m., when Redondo Beach police were sent to the 100 block of West Torrance Boulevard for reports of an active shooter at the pier.
According to witnesses, a guy in his 40s began asking people on the pier if they had a problem with him before pulling out a pistol and opening fire.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a man in his 70s and a teenage kid were shot in the lower torso. They were sent to nearby hospitals with injuries that were not life threatening. Both were in good shape on Thursday morning.
According to investigators, the gunman then went to the parking lot and opened fire on another guy, but he was unharmed. According to authorities, that’s when the suspect came face to face with four Redondo Beach cops, resulting in an officer-involved shooting.
According to the sheriff’s department, the gunshot seemed to be unintentional and not targeted.
People crouched down and hid in restaurants and stores, or raced toward safety, according to witnesses.
Witness Patricia Shafik told CBSLA, “It was a rush of people on the pier, and we were all going in the same direction to get off the pier.” “As soon as the cops came up to the pier, they began shooting and shouting commands.”
At the time of the incident, Robert Naito was fishing on the pier.
“At first, we thought it was fireworks and tried to give it the benefit of the doubt, but then we saw others were panicking,” Naito said. “We hear gunshots on one side and gunfire on the other, so he’s firing all over the place.”
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Officers discovered the suspect, who was armed with a knife and a pistol, nearby. Officers fired fire on the subject as he attempted to flee. At least two gunshots were recorded on mobile phone footage by witnesses. The suspect was subsequently discovered on the pier’s rocks, where he was declared dead, according to the sheriff’s department. He was not recognized right away.
Elizabeth Espinosa shared a video of customers and employees seeking refuge at a neighboring restaurant on social media.
“Here at the restaurant, we’re all on the upper half of the kitchen. All of the dinner guests are here, as well as those on the ground, which is very scary.
“I didn’t see the gunshots happen, but I saw the aftermath, which was the gunman slumped over the rocks right over there, which was a very difficult image to witness, particularly in a location so close to home,” Ian Axberg, who was eating in the same restaurant, told CBSLA on Thursday.
According to the sheriff’s department, a pistol and a knife were seized from the scene. It’s unknown if the suspect fired shots at officers.
There was no indication of a motivation. It’s unclear if the first gunshot was indiscriminate or premeditated. The inquiry is being led by the sheriff’s department. On Thursday, the Redondo Beach Pier was anticipated to be closed for the most of the day.