Crime & Justice

Victim, gunman in Long Beach shooting were law partners

Police say a shooting at a business in Long Beach has left at least two people dead, including the gunman.
Police say a shooting at a business in Long Beach has left at least two people dead, including the gunman.
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Authorities have identified the victim and the killer in Friday's shooting at a Long Beach law firm as the founder and one of the partners.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office says 75-year-old Major Langer was shot by suspected shooter, 58-year-old John Mendoza, who also died. Langer founded the firm — Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin, Mendoza and Harrison — and Mendoza was a partner. The Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that the firm acquired the Larry H. Parker law firm years ago.

Police say Mendoza walked into the office, located in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood, after a holiday party and shot two colleagues before turning the gun on himself. Authorities have not yet determined a motive.

A friend tells the Long Beach Press-Telegram that the other person wounded was another partner, Ronald Beck. There was no immediate word on his condition Saturday.

A woman is escorted by three police officers out of the building in Long Beach where a shooting took place on Friday, Dec. 29. 2017.
A woman is escorted by three police officers out of the building in Long Beach where a shooting took place on Friday, Dec. 29. 2017.
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Our media partner NBC4 spoke with Alise McKenna, who works near the law firm on East San Antonio Drive.

"It was sad. We didn't know what was going on a first. You're just sitting there and you don't know what's gonna happen and all of a sudden two people are dead," McKenna said.