2 bodies found in industrial area of Long Beach; homicide detectives investigating

Editor’s note: An updated story has been posted here.

Homicide detectives were investigating after two bodies were found in an industrial area of Long Beach this afternoon.

Crews from the Long Beach Fire Department originally headed to the area near 14th Street and Oregon Avenue after getting a call asking them to check whether someone there was alive, according to Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jake Heflin.

After discovering the bodies, fire crews called in police around 3:20 p.m., police Lt. James Richardson said.

Police blocked off alleyways, a body shop and a nearby homeless shelter, leaving people waiting to be escorted in by officers. A woman sat on the stoop of the shelter, crying in her friend’s arms.

“The detectives have been on scene a short time and can only confirm that the two deceased persons appear to be adults,” Richardson said.

Some media reports said a gun had been found at the scene, but Richardson said police couldn’t confirm that at this point.

More to come.

Police headed to the scene around 3:20 p.m. Photo by Valerie Osier.

Police headed to the scene around 3:20 p.m. Photo by Valerie Osier.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.