Two killed in shooting at California car show

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California has the toughest state-level gun control laws in the nation. This is a point that we’ve mentioned more than once and the state doesn’t even bother to disagree with us on it. They’re proud of this fact, actually.

But none of that gun control appears to have been enough to stop a shooting at a San Pedro car show.

At least seven people have been injured after reports of a shooting at Peck Park in San Pedro.

Two of the victims have died after being transported to a local hospital, Los Angeles City Fire Department captain public information officer Erik Scott announced during a press conference.

Sky2 was over the scene as a Los Angeles Police Department officer performed CPR on a male victim.

It was originally reported that at least four people were injured in this shooting.

The shooting took place at the park’s baseball diamond after a dispute between two parties broke out, according to LAPD Capt. Kelly Muniz said.

Scott confirmed that this was not an active shooter incident, adding that a total of 67 firefighters responded to the scene, a long with a total of 17 ambulance cars due to the potential of there being more victims.

LAPD said there is no one in custody at this moment and it’s unclear how many suspects were involved but there were numerous shooters.

Four of the victims were men and three were women. All of the victims transported to local trauma centers after suffering injuries from gun fire.

Those victims’ age ranged from 23-54.

One man and one woman were among the victims with gun shot wounds and are in critical condition, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

In other words, this may well rise to the level of an actual mass shooting–three or more people killed in a single incident–rather than the Gun Violence Archive’s definition unless those two recover. Let us hope the death toll doesn’t get any higher.

Of course, we don’t know any real details about the shooters, other than there appears to have been two groups engaged in “mutual combat.” Good thing this didn’t happen in Chicago, I suppose.

Regardless, it happened.

It’s likely that none of those who were involved in the fight were lawfully licensed to carry a firearm, even after the Bruen decision. In fact, it’s unlikely any of them could have been permitted despite Bruen. That’s based on what we know.

After all, there are definite shades of the Sacramento shooting here. I think as we learn more, it’ll be even more like Sacramento.

However, that’s just speculation on my part.

What we do know, however, is that in the most gun-controlled state in the nation, a gun battle appears to have broken out at a car show of all places, leaving two people dead and others injured. We also know that this isn’t the first time we’ve seen something similar to this in the state.

Obviously, we’ll try and keep an eye out for updates to this story and the investigation into it. May law enforcement find the shooters and arrest them quickly before someone else gets hurt.

Aug 18, 2022 5:30 PM ET