Three people have been killed and nine injured after a mass shooting which reportedly took place at a Halloween party in Long Beach, California.
Police and paramedics went to the scene at about 10.40pm local time on Tuesday (5.40am UK time on Wednesday) after receiving reports of shots being fired.
Long Beach fire department spokesman Jake Heflin was quoted by US media as saying the suspect or suspects were still at large.
He said: It looks like it was a party, some type of a Halloween-type costume party and that seems to be where the shooting occurred.
He said the victims all appeared to be in their 20s.
Mr Helfin said the shooting took place at a home behind a storefront, and the three men were found dead in the back yard.
Officers discovered victims inside and outside of the property, according to police spokeswoman Jennifer De Prez.
It is unknown if the gunman or gunmen fled on foot or in a vehicle, Ms De Prez said.
The home is believed to be behind a nail salon.
The nine people injured are being treated in hospitals in the local area.
Nearby residents said they initially thought the gunfire was fireworks.
A man who gave his first name as Martin said he was walking to an off-licence when he heard a car swerving and accelerating ahead of him.
Then all I hear is pop, pop, pop, a bunch of pops – maybe like 20 shots. It was a lot, Martin said, according to the Long Beach Post.
He ducked and ran back towards his home in the opposite direction, he added.
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