Redondo Beach police police officers responded to the area of the Horseshoe Pier Wednesday night after receiving numerous calls of an active shooter, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which was aiding in the investigation.
Upon their arrival, officers found the two victims, who are related, suffering from gunshot wounds to the lower torso. Both of them were transported to a hospital and were in stable condition early Thursday morning.
"The victims were on the pier and it appears the suspect just happened to be walking by and that's when the suspect retrieved a semi-automatic handgun and starting shooting indiscriminately at people on the pier," Lt. Brandon Dean.
The suspect, only identified as a man in his mid-30s, did not appear to know any of the victims, authorities said.
The suspect fled from police and headed down to a rock embankment near the beach's waterline.
Footage from AIR7 HD showed several police vehicles and ambulances near the area, and officers with long guns were seen wearing tactical gear clearing parking lots during a search for the suspect.
Police say they then located him armed with a handgun and knife. When they tried to take him into custody, police opened fire and the suspect was struck in the upper torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The shooting caused panic among those in the area. One video showed people crouching down in fear at a nearby restaurant.
Authorities say many people were shot at but only two people were struck.
One man told Eyewitness News he himself was almost struck by gunfire and saw the suspect right before he opened fire.
"It was literally going right past my head. The police department finally showed up...I gave them a description of the guy, they spotted him right off, told him drop his weapon, surrender, he refused...next thing you know, they're chasing him over the rocks," the witness said.
No officers or additional people were injured. A motive for the initial shooting has not been determined.