Large ‘after-hours’ gathering ends in deadly shooting at clothing business, police say

Police are investigating a deadly shooting they say happened during a fight at a large gathering in North Long Beach Thursday night.

The person who was shot to death was attending an “after-hours” event at a closed business with about 50 to 75 other people, the LBPD said in a statement.

The business allegedly holding the gathering is a clothing and crystal store called Self Made Designers, police said. It opened in June, according to its Instagram page. The owner of the store didn’t immediately respond to a message.

During Thursday night’s gathering, “A dispute occurred between the victim and suspect(s) which led to a shooting,” police said.

Numerous people started calling 911 around 11:50 p.m. and officers rushed to the scene in the 1300 block of Artesia Boulevard, which is near Orange Avenue, according to the department.

“Upon arrival, officers located the male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso,” police said.

Medics rushed the victim to the hospital where he died, authorities said.

On Friday morning, there was little evidence left that a shooting had occurred—a bit of crime tape was left on a nearby pole and the shop owners nearby went about their business. Some not aware of what happened.

Neighbors said they heard loud music and saw lights from the party on Thursday night. Before the pandemic, there were parties in that space weekly, one neighbor said, and Thursday night’s party was the first in about a month.

“Every time, something would happen,” said neighbor Gerardo Lara, of past parties. They would often end in yelling or the police being called to break up the gatherings, he said.

Detectives are still trying to determine an exact motive for the shooting and find out more information about any possible suspects, who fled before police arrived.

The victim is only being identified as a man believed to be in his 20s, pending notification of his next of kin, a coroner spokesperson said.

Editor’s note: This story was updated with additional details.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.