Police are investigating whether a double homicide in North Long Beach this week was carried out in retaliation against residents who had thwarted a street robbery a few days earlier.
Two men were shot and killed about 11:15 p.m. Monday as they celebrated a birthday with friends on the porch of a house in the 100 block of East Pleasant Street, police said. Two other men injured in the shooting were expected to recover.
Police did not release the names of the victims.
Investigators had few leads in the case, but robbery did not appear to be a motive, said Long Beach Police Department spokesman Greg Schirmer.
Relatives said that one of the men killed was Carlos Serrano, 22, and that the other man was a 23-year-old former neighbor of his who had recently moved back to the area from Chicago.