A policeman walks across the street beside the U.S. Census Bureau headquarters after shooting happened at the bureau in Suitland, Maryland, the United States, April 9, 2015. A guard at the U.S. Census Bureau headquarters was shot and critically wounded Thursday, local media reported. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)
A policeman walks across the street beside the U.S. Census Bureau headquarters after shooting happened at the bureau in Suitland, Maryland, the United States, April 9, 2015. A guard at the U.S. Census Bureau headquarters was shot and critically wounded Thursday, local media reported. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)

Three people were killed and four others injured in a shooting at the Gable House Bowl in the U.S. coastal city of Torrance near Los Angeles, the Torrance Police Department said Saturday.

The shooting occurred shortly before midnight (0800 GMT Saturday), among the dead are 28-year-old Astin Edwards, 20-year-old Michael Radford and 28-year-old Robert Meekins.

Several people on the scene told local media that there was a fight before the incident late Friday. One man said he heard “nine gunshots,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

“Three men were pronounced dead at the scene and two others were taken to a hospital for treatment of their injuries,” Sgt. Ronald Harris of the Torrance Police Department was quoted as saying by the local news outlet City News Service. Two other men sought medical attention on their own, Harris added.

Torrance police said they were still working to identify the suspected shooter or shooters. The cause for the fight is also unclear yet.

Earlier, they tweeted there were reports of a shooting with “multiple victims down” and urged people to stay away from the area.

Gable House Bowl described itself as “the premier destination for bowling in the South Bay” on its website, adding that it has “games that both kids and adults will enjoy.”

Torrance is located about 30 km southeast of downtown Los Angeles.

The United States, with more than 300 million guns scattered nationwide, has long been plagued by gun violence. In November 2018, a former Marine opened fire in a crowded bar popular with college students in California, killing 12 people including a sheriff’s deputy.

In October 2018, at least 11 people were killed and six others were injured after a gunman opened fire inside a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Enditem

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