Halloween party shooting

Paramedics work with a victim after a shooting Tuesday night at a Halloween event on Seventh Street in Long Beach injured 12 people, three fatally, according to the Long Beach Fire Department said.

Long Beach police have arrested 12 people on suspicion of being involved in last year’s Halloween party shooting that left three dead and nine injured in the Rose Park neighborhood, officials said Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Long Beach officials made the announcement at a virtual press conference. Police had said the shooting may have been gang-related.

Two of the 12 suspects were in custody on unrelated charges, Long Beach police Chief Robert Luna said.

On the night of Tuesday, Oct. 29, approximately 30 people were at a house party, in the 2700 block of East Seventh Street, celebrating Halloween and a birthday. At around 10:45 p.m., shots were fired at party-goers in the backyard.

Some witnesses said they saw a man in dark clothing, wearing a mask standing on a back fence with a gun.

The three men who died were Maurice Poe, Jr., 25, of Long Beach; Ricardo Torres, 28, of Inglewood; and Melvin Williams, 35, of Gardena.

The nine people who were injured were from nearby cities, ranging from 20 to 49 years old. All of them have recovered physically, except one who “suffered paralyzing injuries,” police spokeswoman Arantxa Chavarria said in July.

That month, officials sought help from the public by releasing video surveillance footage of three vehicles they said were believed to be involved in the shooting. A $30,000 reward was offered to anyone with information about the shooting that could lead to an arrest.

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