A woman was killed and five other people were injured early Saturday in a shooting outside a Long Beach bar, according to police.
The shooting happened around 12:40 a.m. on Pacific Coast Highway near Canal Avenue, media relations officer Alvino Herrera said.
The woman, a 57-year-old Ontario resident, died at the scene, according to police. Three men and two other women were also wounded in the shooting. Four of them had injuries that were not life-threatening; the fifth is in critical but stable condition, according to police.
One woman who arrived at the scene after the shooting had told KTLA-TV Channel 5 she believed that the person who died was her mother-in-law, a grandmother who had been there to mark someone else’s death.
“She was important to us,” Sabrina Neely told the station. “She was all we had … She was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.”
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office later identified the woman who died as Jacqueline Glasby.
Long Beach homicide detectives believe that the shooting happened while people were meeting for a vigil for someone who had recently died, gathering at a parking lot for a business on the edge of an industrial area, according to a statement released by the department.
It is unclear how many shooters were involved and police had no description of any suspect or suspects as of Saturday morning. Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact Long Beach homicide detectives at 562-570-7244 or send anonymous tips to 1-800-222-8477.
City News Service contributed to this report.