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Authorities have named the gunman who fatally shot a colleague and injured another in a Long Beach law office on Friday.

Long Beach police said John Alexander Mendoza, 58, of Redondo Beach, fatally shot Major Langer, 75, of Rolling Hills.

The shooter wounded another man before killing himself, according to a statement released by the Long Beach Police Department on Saturday.

Officers responded to the gunfire in the 300 block of East San Antonio Drive around 2:25 p.m.

Paramedics declared Langer, who was struck in the torso, dead at the scene. Mendoza was also dead by the time police arrived, officials said.

Todd Harrison, a partner at the Law Offices of Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin, Mendoza and Harrison, said the men worked at his law firm and identified the second victim as Ronald Beck.

The police statement said the 64-year-old surviving victim was struck in the torso and lower body. He was taken to a hospital by a third party before police arrived, according to the statement. Officials said earlier that the victim drove himself to a hospital.

While several employees were in the office during the incident, no other injuries were reported, police said.

Sources said Mendoza had been terminated and that he opened fire during a holiday party, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram. Langer started the firm and Beck ran daily operations, the paper reported.

The gunman's motive remained under investigation. Anyone with information can call Long Beach police homicide detectives Donald Goodman and Mark Mattia at 562-570-7244. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call 800-222-8477, download the “P3 Tips” app on a mobile phone or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.