Eight people have been charged in connection with a mass shooting at a Halloween-themed birthday party in Long Beach last year that killed three people and injured nine others.
Three counts of murder and nine counts of attempted murder have been filed against David Heng Long, Kaylin Thik, Ryan Sim, Jeremy Penh, Christopher Williams, Danny Sourn, Joshua Sam and Grant Johnson, of Long Beach.
On Oct. 29, 2019, there was a party being held at a home in the 2700 block of E. 7th Street in Long Beach. At around 10:40 p.m., gunmen opened fire on people in the backyard.
Three men were killed: Maurice Poe, Jr., 25; Ricardo Torres, 28; and 35-year-old Melvin Williams II. Seven women and two men, ranging in age from 20 to 49, were wounded in the attack.
Officials say the suspects believed they were shooting at a group of rival gang members when in fact, they had the wrong location and the victims were innocent.
The defendants face the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted as charged. A decision on whether to seek capital punishment will be made at a later date.