The shooting began just before midnight inside THA Blue Flame, a hookah bar near the intersection of Palm and Highland avenues, during a party, according to investigators.
The shooting then continued across the street, a witness told ABC7. The witness, who asked not to be identified by her name, said she was at a nearby gas station when she saw teenagers who appeared to be gathered for a prom. She said that at one point a car pulled up to the gas station and a person opened fire from inside the vehicle, shooting two girls.
“When everything happened, we only heard gunshots and many children running,” the witness said. “There were a lot of kids running around, you know, calling for their moms, and I was kind of standing there, like, what can I do?”
One person was pronounced dead at the scene. Relatives later said their 20-year-old grandson, later identified by police as Allen Gresham Jr., was killed. Gresham Jr. was a resident of San Bernardino.
The grandmother says that her grandson had attended the party after receiving a flyer.
Police call that party a “special event not allowed” and say some type of argument occurred between at least two people inside the event, and “multiple shots were exchanged.”
“The San Bernardino Police Department will work not only to identify and arrest the suspects, but also to shut down the business whose illegal activities led to the shooting,” San Bernardino Police Chief David Green said in a statement.
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Several of the injured were taken to hospitals, where they were treated for injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, authorities said.
The incident prompted a massive response from the San Bernardino Police Department, whose investigators remained on the scene Saturday morning. At one point, the agency requested help from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department after officials said responding deputies were “confronted by a large hostile crowd.”
“Upon arrival, officers encountered a large crowd and learned they were in the area attending a party,” police said in a statement. The number of injured victims was initially given as nine before it was revised downwards.
Police say not all of the victims were intentionally targeted by the gunman.
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Police detained two people while initially trying to secure the scene, one of whom was arrested for being in possession of a loaded, stolen firearm and the other for outstanding warrants, the San Bernardino Police Department said. It was not immediately clear if the detainees were suspects in the shooting.
A description of the suspect(s) was not available.
The motive for the shooting remains under investigation, authorities said.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Detective B. Keith at (909) 384-5638 or email [email protected] Informants may also contact the Homicide Sgt. J. Plummer at (909) 384-5613, or email [email protected]
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