Robert Meekins, Astin Edwards, Michael Radford: A California family identifies the three fatal shooting victims during a shooting at a Gable House Bowl bowling alley in Torrance.
Robert Meekins, Astin Edwards, both 28 along with 20 year old man, Michael Radford were identified by family members as those killed at the popular Torrance sporting nightspot.
The incident which also left four others wounded occurred just before midnight, Friday night- following an argument during birthday celebrations.
Of the four individuals wounded, two were transported to a local hospital for their injuries, while two more opted to seek their own medical attention, Torrance police said.
There were no reports of injuries to employees of the business.
Police said they were working to identify the suspects involved in the shooting.
To date no arrests were made and no suspects identified.
Robert Meekins, Astin Edwards, Michael Radford: two young fathers.
According to witnesses, the shooting stemmed from a brawl at the bowling alley.
Wes Hamad, a 29-year-old Torrance resident, was with his 13-year-old niece and cousin when he saw a ‘huge fight’ break out. Hamad said the altercation, which lasted about five minutes, blocked the entrance of bowling alley and devolved into ‘complete chaos.’
‘I grabbed my niece and started running toward the far end of the bowling alley,’ he said via ABC7 News. ‘As we were running, we heard 15 shots.’
Hamad said he saw a woman crying over a man who had multiple gunshot wounds in his head and neck.
Cellphone video shows a chaotic scene as police and firefighter-paramedics treated the wounded.
Another witness, Dana Scott, said a group of women that got into a fight inside the building. As they were fighting, men got involved and about a minute later, gunshots erupted.
‘Bowlers were diving under the benches,’ Scott recalled. ‘The people that were still bowling on the lanes were on the floor, underneath the seats, behind the benches.’
Scott said an employee ‘grabbed us and took us behind the bar’ to escape the gunfire.
Meekins’ mother said he was survived by his 5-year-old son and a girlfriend. At the time of the shooting Meekins had been spending time with his cousins when he was shot.
‘My son was a loving person. He loved life and he loved is family,’ she said. ‘Oh, my God … Nobody can imagine what I’m going through right now.’
Gable House Bowl is described on its website as a gaming venue that offers bowling, laser tag and a full arcade.
Detectives continue to investigate what led to the shooting.
Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call the Torrance Police Department at 310-328-3456.