A man and a woman were rushed to the hospital after apparently being stabbed in a melee outside a North Long Beach apartment building Tuesday night, police said.
Police originally thought the pair was shot because they’d gotten calls about gunfire on Paramount Boulevard just north of Candlewood Street around 9:05 p.m., according to authorities.
After officers found the two victims, medics rushed them to a hospital where they’re expected to survive their wounds, police said.
“What we’re finding out is the two victims have been stabbed; they have not been shot,” LBPD Lt. James Richardson said.
It appears there was a large fight on the sidewalk and in the street near an apartment building and convenience store on Paramount, according to police.
Investigators think the two victims were stabbed during that fight.
It appears gunshots were also fired during the brawl, Richardson said. Officers found shell casings at the scene but haven’t found anyone wounded by the gunfire, he said. Some bullets hit a nearby building and a vehicle, authorities said.
Police were still talking to witnesses and looking for security camera footage Tuesday night.
So far, no suspects were in custody, and it’s not clear what started the fight, Richardson said.
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