Long Beach police release surveillance video in investigation of deadly Halloween party shooting

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Long Beach police released surveillance footage Friday in a bid for new leads months after a shooting at a Halloween party left three people dead and nine wounded.

Authorities are releasing video of three vehicles in hopes of getting information from the public that may lead to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the deadly shooting.

Officers responded to the shooting at a home in the 2700 block of East 7th Street about 10:45 p.m. on Oct. 29, 2019. The victims killed were Maurice Poe Jr., 25, of Long Beach, Ricardo Torres, 28, of Inglewood, and Melvin Williams II, 35, of Gardena, according to police.

Two SUVs and a car are seen in different areas surrounding the scene of the shooting in four clips posted to the Long Beach Police Department’s YouTube page. Long Beach police referred to them as “suspect vehicles” in a news release.

One video shows the vehicles driving in the same residential block as the shooting while another shows them just over a mile away in the 900 block of East 7th Street, according to police. The other two clips show the vehicles in different areas of Orange Avenue about 3 to 6 miles away.

The three vehicles are a late 1990s white Toyota 4Runner with gray trim, an early 2000s silver Chrysler PT Cruiser and a white Toyota Rav4 believed to be a model from the late 1990s to 2000s.

Police have not said how the vehicles are believed to be connected to the shooting. No other details have been released.

Last year, following a preliminary investigation, police said shots were fired from an alley behind the home where the Halloween-themed party was.

In the days immediately following, authorities said a suspect wearing dark-colored clothing, with his face concealed, was believed to have fled the shooting in a dark-colored vehicle. But police have not repeated that description in more recent statements.

“Detectives continue to consider all possibilities as to why this senseless crime may have occurred,” the department said in a news release. “Based on suspect statements heard at the scene and through additional investigation, they believe there is gang involvement amongst the suspects.”

A $40,000 reward is available to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved.

Anyone with information can reach Detectives Mark Mattia or Donald Collier at 562-570-7244.

Those wishing to remain anonymous can call 800-222-8477 or visit lacrimestoppers.org.

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