Redondo Beach Pier shooter identified as a Long Beach man

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REDONDO BEACH — The gunman who wounded 2 radical astatine the Redondo Beach Pier anterior to being fatally changeable by constabulary was publically identified Saturday arsenic a Long Beach resident.

Kenneth Vessell was 36 years old, according to the coroner’s office.

Redondo Beach constabulary received a telephone regarding a gunshot unfortunate and an progressive shooter successful the country of the Horseshoe Pier successful the 100 artifact of West Torrance Boulevard astir 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, said Deputy Tracy Koerner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which was aiding successful the investigation.

On arrival, the Redondo officers recovered 2 gunshot victims, Koerner said.

Redondo Beach Police Lt. Shawn Freeman said officers pursued an equipped shooting fishy and located him adjacent a stone embankment by the beach’s waterline.Koerner said the fishy was equipped with a handgun and a weapon — and that erstwhile officers attempted to detain him, “an officer-involved shooting occurred.”

The fishy was struck successful the precocious torso and pronounced dormant astatine the scene, Koerner said.

A handgun and weapon were recovered astatine the scene, helium said. No officers oregon further civilians were injured, Koerner added.

One of the wounded victims was described by deputies arsenic a boy, portion the different was described arsenic a man.

Both suffered azygous gunshot wounds to the little torso and were taken to a hospital, wherever they were successful unchangeable information with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Koerner.

Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives were assisting the Redondo Beach PD with what was being called “an attempted murder/officer-involved shooting investigation.”

Witnesses described a scary and chaotic country astatine the usually bustling pier.

One antheral told KTLA5 helium was changeable astatine and that his receptor was inactive ringing hours aboriginal due to the fact that “it was that close.”

“He conscionable missed maine again arsenic I was ducking,” the antheral told KTLA, referring to the shooter.

Per the argumentation of the Redondo Beach PD, the Sheriff’s Department was requested to beryllium the superior investigating bureau for this officer-involved shooting, Freeman said.

Anyone with accusation was asked to interaction the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau astatine 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips tin beryllium called successful to Crime Stoppers astatine 800-222-8477 oregon submitted online astatine lacrimestoppers.org

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