TORRANCE (CNS) – Police today announced an arrest in the weekend shooting deaths of three men during a fight at a bowling alley in Torrance.
Details of the arrest were scheduled to be released at an afternoon news conference at Torrance police headquarters.
Officers responded to a shots-fired call just before midnight Friday at Gable House Bowl, 22501 Hawthorne Blvd., according to Sgt. Ronald Harris of the Torrance Police Department.
Three men were pronounced dead at the scene and two others were taken to a hospital for treatment of their injuries, he said. Two other men sought medical attention on their own.
Witness Dana Scott told reporters that a group of women got into a fight inside the building, then some men got involved. About a minute later, gunshots erupted, Scott said.
Another witness, who refused to give his name, said a fight erupted and he heard nine gunshots.
Wes Hamad, a 29-year-old Torrance resident, said he saw a “huge fight” break out that lasted about five minutes, blocked the entrance of the bowling alley and devolved into “complete chaos.”
“I grabbed my niece and started running toward the far end of the bowling alley,” he said. “As we were running, we heard 15 shots.”
Family members identified the fatal shooting victims as Michael Radford, 20, and Robert “Tank” Meekins and Astin Edwards, both 28 and best friends.
Meekins leaves behind a 5-year-old son, whose godfather was Edwards.
“When I go home and tell him that his daddy’s not coming back, it’s going to break his heart because he’s a daddy’s boy, always has been,” said Meekins’ mother, Anglean Hubbard. “And I wonder the person that sat up here and took all of these people’s lives, how is he sleeping? How is he dealing with that? He took somebody’s father. Somebody’s son. I just want justice for my son and all the people in there.”
Relatives of all three victims told reporters they believed the men were killed while trying to break up the fight.
No employees of the bowling alley, a community fixture for about five decades, were injured, Harris said.
Torrance Mayor Pat Furey described the shooting as “horrible” in a social media post.
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, issued a statement Monday morning saying she was “deeply saddened” to learn of the shooting at Gable House Bowl.
“This shooting weighs heavily on my heart, as it took place right outside of my district in a bowling alley that should be a place for fun and celebration for members of our community,” the lawmaker said. “I extend my deepest sympathies to the victims, their families, and all those who have been impacted by this shooting. I would also like to thank the Torrance Police Department, first responders, and staff of the Gable House Bowl for their bravery and response to this incident.”