Police are actively investigating a shooting that broke out in a residential area in Huntington Beach Saturday afternoon that left at least three people wounded and one of them dead, authorities announced.
Police responded to reports of a shooting at approximately 10:50 a.m. at a residence on the 4500 block of Operetta Drive, near Edinger Ave and Fantasia Lane, according to Captain Kim Martin with the Huntington Beach Police Department.
A preliminary investigation found that the incident transpired due to an ongoing family dispute over the upcoming sale of the residence. A group of real estate professionals accompanied a family member to view the residence when the shooting took place, Huntington Beach police said in a news release.
Upon arriving at the residence, officers found three individuals in front of the residence suffering from gunshot wounds.
Officers helped the victims evacuate the scene and believed the suspect was still barricaded inside the residence. The alleged gunman later exited the home and was also transported to a local hospital with a “superficial gunshot wound,” according to the news release.
One of the victims was treated and has been released from the hospital, while another is still hospitalized and expected to survive.
Police set up a perimeter around the area, evacuated several homes near the residence, and requested assistance from the Huntington Beach police SWAT Team.
The SWAT Team performed a thorough sweep of the residence and the surrounding area and have confirmed no active threat to the community.
“While the area has been secured and there is no current safety threat, we ask all residents in the area to please stay indoors while officers clear out,” police said in a tweet.
The Huntington Beach Police Department said they will remain at the scene throughout the night, and ask everyone to avoid the area as the investigation continues.