The exterior of Carlies Bar as seen in 2022. Courtesy Google Maps.

A gunfight broke out in a Long Beach bar when two people went inside to attack a patron who returned fire, according to police.

When the shooting stopped, one of the attackers was dead, and the bar patron who’d been attacked was rushed to the hospital with a wound to the lower body, the Long Beach Police Department said.

According to police, the situation began around 9 p.m. when two attackers went into the bar in the 4900 block of Long Beach Boulevard. TV footage from the scene shows the attack occurred at Carlies Bar.

The two armed attackers went into Carlies to assault the patron, who was also armed, according to police, who said “shots were fired between the parties.”

One of the attackers fled before officers arrived. The other suspected attacker was fatally wounded in the gunbattle, according to the LBPD. They identified him as Arthur Rainey III, a 38-year-old from Los Angeles.

Police said another victim who wasn’t involved in the altercation was also hurt, but the injury was minor and was treated at the scene.

It’s not clear yet what prompted the attack. Police are urging witnesses to come forward.

They can call detectives Ethan Shear or Chasen Contreras at 562-570-7244 or submit anonymous tips through Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-TIPS or visiting

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with more information from policeincluding details that the shooting occurred inside the bar.

Jeremiah Dobruck is managing editor of the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or @jeremiahdobruck on Twitter.