3 People Dead, 4 Wounded in Shooting at Bowling Alley in Southern California; Police Search for Suspect Continues

Police guard the Gable House Bowl center after 3 men were killed and 4 injured in a shooting at the bowling alley in Torrance, California, on January 5, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

A shooting at a bowling alley late Friday left three men dead and four people wounded in Southern California, and police are trying to find whoever fired the shots, authorities said.

The gunshots at the Gable House Bowl in Torrance went off just before midnight. A fight — first involving young ladies, then men — happened shortly beforehand, sending people running, a witness said.

“Then … maybe a minute and a half later, all of the sudden all we heard was, pop, pop, pop,” the witness, Dana Scott, told RMG News. “Bowlers were diving under the benches. The people that were still bowling on the lanes were on the floors, underneath the seats.”

“People were looking for their parents, because this is a family league. You’ve got mothers, fathers, sons, daughters … everybody’s friends in that league,” she said.

No arrests were immediately reported after the shooting. City police were “working to identify the suspect(s) involved,” they said in a news release.

By late Saturday morning, relatives of those who were shot were clustered outside the bowling alley, standing behind yellow police tape. Some of them embraced; others looked toward the building’s rear, where a coroner’s van pulled out.

Keithnisha More, one of those standing outside Saturday, said her brother-in-law was one of those who died and that he leaves behind a son.

“How do you explain to a 5-year-old boy that his father is dead?” More said. “How does my sister-in-law tell this little boy that daddy is gone? Just gone.”

The names of the dead and wounded weren’t immediately released.

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SOURCE: CNN, Paul Vercammen and Jason Hanna

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