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Long Beach kidnap leads to 2 shooting deaths

May 10, 2010 12:46:11 AM PDT
The suspect in a fatal shooting in downtown Long Beach was shot and killed by police gunfire in Woodland Hills on Monday, police said.Authorities responded to a domestic dispute call from a condominium at The Pike, on the 200 block of East Ocean Boulevard, at 7:35 a.m. When officers arrived, they were informed that a woman had been taken by force.

Police said the suspect got into an argument with the mother of his daughter. He forced the woman at gunpoint from the apartment and dragged her down to an underground parking garage, where he allegedly shot and killed her.

Officers found a shooting victim inside the parking complex and received information that the suspect was still at the location.

"We immediately locked down the area and are now conducting a search using our SWAT members," Ramirez said, adding that the search area was extremely large and consisted of Ocean Boulevard, Seaside Way, Pacific Avenue and Golden Shore Street. The Pike is a busy and popular shopping and restaurant area. Residents in the area were alerted to stay inside through a reverse-911 call.

As police were searching for a suspect in Long Beach, officers in Woodland Hills responded to reports of a man holding a gun to his head outside a Best Buy on Victory Boulevard and Owensmouth Avenue at about 11 a.m.

After a confrontation, police shot and wounded the man. The 30-year-old man was rushed to a local hospital, where he later died.

Long Beach police confirmed that the man shot in Woodland Hills was the suspect in the fatal shooting at the Pike.

"I don't know at what point he did get out of our perimeter," Ramirez said.

Investigators said the suspect had gone to his uncle's Woodland Hills home and told him he had killed his family. The uncle called police immediately.

Officers have not said what prompted the officer-involved shooting. Best Buy employees were not evacuated but were moved to the rear of the store. There were no reports of other injuries.

The names of the victim and suspect had not been released.


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