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Shooting At Party In San Bernardino County Kills 1 Person And Wounds 8 Others

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San Bernardino police are investigating a shooting that left eight wounded and one person dead.
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A mass shooting at a party in San Bernardino County left one person dead and eight others wounded.

Police say gunfire began just before midnight at Tha Blu Flame hookah lounge just down the street from Patton State Hospital in Highland. Officers arrived at the scene within minutes of multiple 911 calls, according to a news release from San Bernardino police officials Sunday.

"Upon arrival, officers were confronted by a large hostile crowd," officials wrote. "Due to the crowds’ aggressive behavior toward officers, the Department requested assistance from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department to help secure the scene."

Authorities identified the person killed as Allen Gresham, Jr., 20 of San Bernardino. He was found in the parking lot with a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The eight people wounded did not have life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

"Based on the preliminary investigation, it does not appear that the victims were intentionally targeted and that this may have stemmed from a conflict in a crowded room," according to a statement released by Sgt. Equino Thomas on Saturday.

According the Sunday update, investigators determined the confrontation began at what they called an "unpermitted special event ... between at least two subjects inside the event, and multiple gunshots were exchanged."

Two people were taken into custody at the scene, one on possession of a stolen firearm and the other on outstanding warrants.

“The San Bernardino Police Department will be working to not only identify and arrest the suspects, but to shut down the business whose illegal activities led to the shooting,” Police Chief David Green said in the statement.

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