2 wounded when large fight ends in stabbings, gunfire

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.

Police on Paramount Boulevard after two people were stabbed in a large fight. Photo by Stephanie Rivera.

Police on Paramount Boulevard after two people were stabbed in a large fight. Photo by Stephanie Rivera.

“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.

Police were still investigating late Tuesday night. Photo by Stephanie Rivera.

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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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.