• Matt Esnayra

Police identify Long Beach man as gunman in Redondo Beach Pier shooting

Police have identified the man behind the shooting at the Redondo Beach Pier as 36-year-old Long Beach resident Kenneth Vessell, according to the Los Angeles Medical Examiner-Coroner's office.

The latest:

Two victims were taken to a nearby hospital, both were suffering from gunshot wounds to their lower bodies, but their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

  • A knife and handgun were recovered at the scene.

  • One of the victims was described as a man in his 40's, and the other was a teenage boy, per KTLA 5.

  • Police believe the suspect and the victims knew each other.

What happened:

Police responded to the pier about 8:20 p.m., Wednesday night on the 100 block of West Torrance Boulevard. At a press conference, sheriff's Lt. Brandon Dean said the suspect fired a semi-automatic handgun randomly, striking two people, per the Los Angeles Times.

  • The sounds of gunfire sent people running in a panic, according to the LA Times.

  • A witness told the Times that a person believes the gunman, high-tailed over a rail and onto rocks that line the beach with police in pursuit.

  • Then the witness heard gunshots and saw the man fall.

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